Work penned by Queen’s Park schoolgirl made the shortlist of Boris Johnson’s Olympic poem competition

Eleven-year-old beat off more than 2,000 entrants to make the finals

A poem penned by a Brent schoolgirl beat of more than 2,000 other to make it in the finals of a competition run by the Mayor of London.

The works by 11-year-old Freya Alexandra, a pupil at Queen’s Park Community School in Aylestone Avenue, Brondesbury, was shortlisted for the ‘What the Olympics Mean to Me’ contest

Her aptly named ‘The Olympics are coming to London’ was on the top 11 entrants in Boris Johnson’s most successful competitions ever.

The delighted schoolgirl said: “It was really exciting because I have never really entered a competition and got that far.

While the talented pupil and her family had to make the best of not securing any Olympics themselves, her school recently secured 150 tickets to the games free of charge which means that she still might make it.

She said: “We tried to get tickets but we couldn’t get any. We did go on a trip round it with bikes instead.”

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Outside of writing poetry, Freya also enjoys reading and treading the boards having already preformed in her schools production of ‘The Tempest’ and the ‘Portobello panto’ in Notting Hill.

The overall winner of the competition Fope Jegede has won a private bus tour for her and her family as well as up to 30 of her friends.

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The Olympics are coming to London

A city filled with delight

Air popping with sparks of excitement

Children will stay up all night.

The Olympics are coming to London

Buses are stuffed to the brim

Streets are buzzing with tourists

Waiting for the fun to begin.

The Olympics are coming to London

Athletes are full of suspense

Listening for the boom of the starter gun

Waiting for the game to commence

The Olympics are coming to London

Spectators from every place

They’ve travelled thousands of miles

To watch a hundred metre race