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Meet William Sharman

110m Hurdles.

5th, Daegu World Championships 2011.
Silver, Commonwealth Games 2010.
Gold, National Championships 2010.
4th, Berlin World Championships 2009.


Back story
William Sharman made his TeamGB debut in 2006 at the European Championships after a number of strong races and a personal best of 13:49 at the AAA under-23 competition. In 2007, he moved to Loughborough where he began studying for a Master’s degree in Finance and Banking and began training under the well-respected Polish coach, George Macieuvitch.

2007 and 2008 saw him competing to take the number one spot in the UK, and make the senior team for the major Championships.

William made his most decisive break through on the international athletics stage when he placed a close 4th at the 2009 World Athletics Championships in Berlin with a personal best of 13:30.  His success during 2009 can be seen with him going from being 103rd in the World rankings to 31st prior to the World Championships to missing gold by just 0.16 of a second.

In 2010 William won a Silver medal in Delhi at the Commonwealth Games. In 2011 he came 3rd in 2011 he came 5th in the Daegu World Championship. William has recently joined up with new coach, Malcolm Arnold, who led Colin Jackson to great success.

Outside of athletic William has a diverse range of talents, he plays the cornet, is a classically trained pianist, has a university degree in Economics and a Masters in Banking and Finance. William comes from a family of sportsmen, his father played rugby union for Northampton Saints and his brother competed in the World Bobsleigh Championships for Britain. He has recently married  Lyna, his long term partner and mother of his first son Joshua.


Meet Stefanie Reid

Paralympic T44 100m/ 200m and F44 long-jump

Bronze in the Long Jump and 200m, IPC World Championships 2011.
Long Jump World Record holder 2010.
200m Bronze medal, BT Paralympic World Cup 2010 (Team GB).
200m Bronze medal, Beijing Paralympic Games 2008 (Team Canada).

Back story
Stefanie grew up as an active, sporty teenager. She was passionate about rugby and planned to join the national team. But at 16, her life changed forever when she lost part of her leg in a boating accident.

After a long road to recovery, during which she turned her attention to education and other hobbies such as drama, she returned to sports. One day whilst studying at Queen’s University, Ontario her passion for sports was rekindled as she watched a track and field practice.

Upon joining the team she had to learn everything from scratch, including how to use her new running prosthesis. Despite not making the team initially, she persisted with training, and by her fourth year at Queen’s she was competing for the varsity team.

Her favourite quote from the Greek philosopher, Aristotle, is etched onto her running prosthetic: “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.”

Stefanie, who grew up in Toronto after her dad emigrated, won bronze for Canada in the 200m at the Beijing Paralympics. In 2009 Stef decided to change allegiance to GB and is now fully integrated into the GB team. She divides her time between training in the UK and Dallas so she can spend time with her husband Canadian wheelchair racer Brent Lakatos whom she married in 2008.

Stefanie is an academic scholar and has a degree in biochemistry and is currently studying for a Masters in Nutrition. She has a great sense of humour and recounts the fact that she has a cupboard full of legs for every occasion – including a water leg, a high-heel leg, an everyday leg, a general sports leg and a cheetah leg, which she wears for competitions.


Meet Shelly Woods

Wheelchair racing (T12-L1)

Current World record holder in the 1500m.
Current British record holder in the 400m, 800m, 1500m, 5000m and marathon.
Second in the London Marathon 2011.
Bronze in the 5000m, IPC World Championships 2011.
Winner in the Great Manchester Run – 2005, 2009, 2010.
Second in the New York City Marathon, 2009.
Silver in the 1500m and bronze in the 5000m, Beijing Paralympic Games 2008.
Winner in the Great North Run – 2004, 2005, 2006, 2011.

Back story
Shelly Woods is one of Britain’s top wheelchair racers, and she currently holds the British records in the 400m, 800m, 1500m, 5000m and marathon.

Shelly suffered a spinal cord injury after falling from a tree when she was 11 years old. She was always an active youngster and after her accident she decided to sample a few sports such as wheelchair basketball and swimming but she enjoyed wheelchair athletics the most.

In 2004 at only 18 years of age Shelly started to make a name for herself with some exceptional performances in road races – second in the Great North Run, second in the Manchester Run and first in the Mini London Marathon setting a new course record.

After her achievements on the road, Shelly tried track racing in the 800m, 1500m and 5000m and in her first season on track was selected to represent Great Britain. In 2005 Shelly continued to progress rapidly winning the Great North Run and finishing second in the Great Manchester Run and the London Marathon. She was the first British athlete to cross the finish line in all these events.

Not only excelling on the road, Shelly also had good performances on track, winning bronze at the European Championships in the 5000m.

In 2007 Shelly won the Los Angeles marathon, the London Marathon and the NYC 10km and paved the way to her performance at the 2008 Paralympics in Beijing where she competed in more events than any other female athlete, coming away with a silver in the 1500m and a bronze in the 5000m.

She finished 2009 ranked World No. 1 on the track for the 5000m and claimed second place in the New York City Marathon. Throughout 2010 Shelly has become increasingly faster, even managing to break Tanni Grey-Thompson’s long standing British Record in the 400m.

Shelly lives in Blackpool with her fiancé and in her spare time works with her local council to talk to secondary school children about what it’s like to be an elite athlete. She is an inspiration to all ages and supports Stoke Mandeville Hospital where much of her rehabilitation took place. Shelly supports “Get the Kids Going”, the charity that raised enough money for her first ever racing chair.

Shelly speaks highly of her family who have played a huge part in supporting her throughout her recover and encouraging her dreams of Gold in 2012.


BP is committed to leaving a lasting legacy from the Games for years to come.

As a London 2012 partner, we are helping over 5,000 Games vehicles run smoothly with our advanced fuels, biofuels and engine oils. By offsetting the carbon footprint of Team GB, Team USA and millions of spectator journeys through BP Target Neutral, we’re helping ensure the Olympic and Paralympic Games set new standards in sustainability.

We are supporting a diversity of outstanding individual athletes as they prepare to compete, while sharing the London 2012 experience with millions of  people through our forecourts. Meanwhile, our partnership with the Cultural Olympiad is bringing arts and culture to millions. And the Young Leaders Programme will transform the futures of 100 disadvantaged young adults.

Fuelling the Games

Image of Lizzie Armitstead, track and road cyclist

London 2012 is an opportunity to show what can be possible in the world of lower-carbon mobility. During the Games, a fleet of more than 5,000 official vehicles will be in operation, moving the athletes and officials as well as food and supplies to and from the Olympic Village, the Olympic Park and other venues across London and beyond.

As the Official Oil and Gas Partner, BP is providing the fuels and engine oils for these vehicles. We’re committed to making sure that fuelling the Games does not mean adding to its carbon footprint. To achieve this we’ll use a mix of lower-carbon technologies that everyone can use today or in the near future. More.

Cultural Olympiad and London 2012 Festival

If you live in the UK, get ready for the London 2012 Festival, a fitting finale to the Cultural Olympiad.

It will feature 12 weeks of extraordinary cultural events from leading artists, musicians, writers and filmmakers from around the world. From 21 June, over 7 million people across the UK will have the chance to enjoy free events. BP is proud to be a Premier Partner of both the Cultural Olympiad and the London 2012 Festival, celebrating culture across the UK. More.

In classrooms and communities

Leaving a legacy for London 2012 is also about working in classrooms and communities to educate and inspire young people across the UK.

The Young Leaders Programme, supported by BP, is giving a group of disadvantaged young people the chance to make a positive change to their lives. BP has also developed a comprehensive and exciting educational programme drawing on real-life oil trading challenges. More.

Target Neutral

With the help of BP Target Neutral, our six British London 2012 athlete ambassadors are learning how to travel around while generating a smaller carbon footprint. On their way to the Games, we’ll be following their progress.

We hope it will inspire many others to use the Target Neutral framework as a way of shrinking their carbon footprint. If enough people take part, this could be a great legacy for London 2012 – and make a significant difference to the environment in the years to come.

The Target Neutral framework is simple. It involves using straightforward tips and techniques to reduce the CO2 you create as you travel around, then neutralising the remaining CO2 through carbon offsetting.

Carbon offsetting isn’t an answer to the climate challenge in and of itself. But it’s a step in the direction of a lower-carbon future. Not only does it balance out a portion of the carbon released into the atmosphere today, it generates investment in lower-carbon projects that can have a big impact in the future. More.

In 2012, the British Museum will stage a major exhibition on the world of Shakespeare in collaboration with the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Visitors to the exhibition will delve into London 1612 to see it as it was 400 years ago: an emerging international city where theatregoers jostled one another daily at open-air performances of the latest play by William Shakespeare.

The exhibition, supported by BP, will be brought to life through objects, quotes from Shakespeare and performance. Objects include a stunning range of important paintings, rare jewels, original manuscripts and other items linked to Shakespeare’s plays.

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Get ready to be inspired. The Olympic Journey: The Story of the Games is coming to the Royal Opera House for the duration of the Olympic Games in 2012. BP and the Royal Opera House are collaborating with The Olympic Museum to create a free and unique exhibition telling the Olympic story through the endeavours of ancient and modern Olympians. It will include artefacts, graphics, film and audio from The Olympic Museum in Lausanne, Switzerland. These are being shown in London for the first time, and the exhibition therefore promises to be a highlight of the London 2012 Festival, the finale of the Cultural Olympiad.

From ancient Greece forwards, the history of the Games is all about stories of perseverance and triumph. Visitors to the exhibition will get to see all of the Olympic Medals since 1896 and all of the Olympic Torches since 1936. There will also be a ‘Hall of Champions’ featuring the stories and inspirational achievements of great Olympians from the modern Games.

Visitors will be taken on a journey from ancient Greece, the original home of the Olympic Games, through the vision of Baron Pierre de Coubertin, the man behind the revival of the Games many centuries later. The experience will continue with the stories of some of the iconic Olympic athletes and moments of the last hundred years of Olympic history.

The London 2012 Cultural Olympiad is the largest cultural celebration in the history of the modern Olympic and Paralympic Movements. Since it began in 2008, over 16 million people have taken part in a wide range of events across the UK, from local projects to large-scale performances.

Building on our 30-year commitment to UK arts and culture, BP became a Premier Partner of the Cultural Olympiad in 2009. We launched our support with London 2012 Open Weekend, a three-day event inviting the public to celebrate the countdown to the London 2012 Games at arts, cultural and sporting events across the UK. An estimated total of over 3 million people participated in over 3,000 events from 2009 to the final one year to go celebration in 2011.

In 2010 we introduced BP Portrait Award: Next Generation, a Cultural Olympiad project which has so far opened the eyes of over 200 young artists of the future at workshops in London and Aberdeen. 2010 also saw the launch of the Tate Movie Project, which created the world’s first animation film made by and for children, involving over 34,000 5 to 13 year olds and breaking a Guinness World Record in the process.

And now in 2012 the finale of the four-year Cultural Olympiad, the London 2012 Festival, is set to be the most exciting festival the UK has ever seen. Running 21 June to 9 September, the Festival will bring more than 10 million opportunities to see 1,000 events from leading artists, musicians, writers and filmmakers from around the world and BP will be there playing our part as Premier Partner.

London 2012 Festival

We’re collaborating with our long-standing partners to help deliver several London 2012 Festival programmes and events that will inspire young people and provide opportunities for everyone across the UK to be part of London 2012.

The Olympic Journey. The Story of the Games
28 July to 12 August 2012
BP and the Royal Opera House have joined forces with The Olympic Museum, to create this free and unique exhibition telling the Olympic story through the endeavours of ancient and modern Olympians.

The World Shakespeare Festival
April to November 2012

As Founding Presenting Partner of the World Shakespeare Festival, BP is supporting a number of Royal Shakespeare Company productions including the What Country Friends Is This? trilogy of  The Comedy of Errors, Twelfth Night and The Tempest, the associated community performance of Pericles, and the London season of Julius Caesar and Much Ado About Nothing.

Shakespeare: Staging the World
19 July to 25 November 2012
Shakespeare: staging the world, the BP Exhibition, is presented by the British Museum in collaboration with the RSC, which will revisit William Shakespeare’s stories and tell them anew to London in 2012.

BP Portrait Award: Next Generation
BP Portrait Award: Next Generation is a dynamic project led by the National Portrait Gallery, inspiring 14 to 19-year-olds by opening up opportunities to meet and gain insights from past BP Portrait Award artists.

Tate Movie Project: The Itch of the Golden Nit
Details of screening dates in 2012 will be published in our Events section when confirmed.
The Tate Movie Project presents The Itch of the Golden Nit – an animated adventure drawn and dreamt up by children from across the UK. Thousands of drawings, sound effects and story ideas make up the action-packed, half hour animation.

myShakespeare is a new social platform that invites people from around the world to share their thoughts and experiences of Shakespeare and his work and asks the question ‘How do we interpret Shakespeare today?’.

The project provides a 21st century lens into the world of Shakespeare online by drawing on references to Shakespeare’s plays across three key digital platforms – Twitter (social), Flickr (visual) and eBay (commercial). It’s free to access and you can create your own unique searches, based on a particular moment in time, and share your personal data visualisations through Facebook and Twitter.

Comedian Tim Minchin, was the first to join the conversation, describing in his light-hearted introduction to the site how the 447-year old writer changed his life.

As part of the project, artists from across the world have been commissioned to create new work inspired by Shakespeare. The first commission on the site was rapper, poet and playwright, Kate Tempest, with her new poem, My Shakespeare.

The social platform also includes blogs from a wide range of collaborators and commentators to provoke debate and stimulate the conversation as well as searches completed by Festival artists from Brazil, Tunisia, Russia, Iraq and around the UK.

With thousands of people taking part throughout the Festival, myShakespeare will explore Shakespeare’s influence on everything from culture, sport and entertainment to education, politics and economics.

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Thousands of children across the UK made animation history by taking part in the Tate Movie Project and creating the world’s first animation film made by and for children.

Through a unique interactive website, workshops in galleries across the country and a Tate Movie road show, over 34,000 children have taken part in the project. Children provided everything from the film’s hand-drawn characters to sound effects and the plot. The resulting film, ‘The Itch of the Golden Nit’, set a new Guinness World Record for the most individual contributions to an animated film (with 1,897 entries) and the project won a BAFTA in the ‘Interactive’ category of the 2011 British Academy Children’s Awards.

A surreal and spectacular adventure, ‘The Itch of the Golden Nit’ follows 11-year-old hero Beanie on his mission to save his parents from Evil Stella and to return the Golden Nit to its rightful place at the heart of the sun, thereby saving the universe. David Walliams, Miranda Hart, Catherine Tate and Rik Mayall were amongst the cream of British comedy who voiced the characters.

The film was launched in June 2011 with a red carpet premier in Leicester Square. It was broadcast on BBC2 and CBBC, and showcased in an exhibition at Tate Modern. The celebrations continued over the summer with screenings at Vue cinemas around the country, and at a special Tate Movie Project event in Trafalgar Square to celebrate London 2012 Open Weekend supported by BP, attended by over 12,000 people.

The project is part of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad and is funded by Legacy Trust UK and BP, with additional support and resources from the BBC. The film was brought together by Tate and the creative magic of Aardman Animations.

Over 150,000 drawings, animations and story ideas have been submitted to the Tate Movie Project, and throughout 2012 children can take part in a new set of art and film-making challenges by visiting the project website

‘The Itch of the Golden Nit’ will be screened as part of the London 2012 Festival. Scheduling details will be published in our Events section once confirmed.

The BP Summer Big Screens bring world-class productions of opera and ballet to screens across the UK, beamed live from The Royal Opera House in Covent Garden. BP has supported the Big Screen live relays since 2000 and this year the series features two London 2012 Festival productions: The Royal Opera’s Falstaff and The Royal Ballet’s Metamorphosis: Titian 2012

The BP Summer Big Screens are the perfect way to introduce friends and family to the Royal Opera House and to world-class opera ballet. Come early to get a good spot and relax into the festival feel. Featuring exclusive backstage films, competitions and live interaction, these screenings bring the very best performances live to your home town absolutely free!

Falstaff – The Royal Opera
Wednesday 30 May, LIVE at 7.30pm
Presented by Deborah Bull and Zeb Soanes.
Verdi’s scintillating Shakespearian comedy starring Ambrogio Maestri in the title role is a feast of romance, intrigue and comic confusion. This lavish and exciting new production is set to captivate BP Summer Big Screen audiences all over the UK. Conductor Daniele Gatti is sure to bring an authentic Italian sparkle to a joyful work performed here as part of the World Shakespeare Festival, which is produced by the Royal Shakespeare Company for London 2012 Festival.

Metamorphosis: Titian 2012 – The Royal Ballet
Monday 16 July, LIVE at 7.30pm
Presented by Deborah Bull and Zeb Soanes.

Seven choreographers work together to create a single evening of exciting  dance with new scores from British composers and stage designs from leading contemporary artists. It is the kind of choreographic event that happens once in a lifetime. Metamorphosis: Titian 2012 is part of the London 2012 Festival, and inspired by three of Renaissance master Titian’s paintings on display at the National Gallery. This extraordinary event features the combined talents of Chris Ofili, Conrad Shawcross, Mark Wallinger, Kim Brandstrup, Alastair Marriott, Wayne McGregor, Liam Scarlett, Will Tuckett, Jonathan Watkins, Christopher Wheeldon, Jonathan Dove, Nico Muhly, Mark-Anthony Turnage and The Royal Ballet.

For more information and screening locations, see the Royal Opera Houses’ website