Mum to represent the region in Olympiad

Louise Fazackerley, of Ince, with Olympic gymnast Beth Tweddle
Louise Fazackerley, of Ince, with Olympic gymnast Beth Tweddle

A WIGAN mother is setting poetry in motion as part of the Olympic celebrations.

Louise Fazackerley, 33, of Ince, has been chosen as the North West representative of the National Lottery-funded nationwide arts programme, Winning Words competition.

Along with 11 other regional winners, she will attend a poetry workshop led by artistic director, Jacob Sam La-Rose, to create a poem in celebration of The National Lottery’s support for the arts, sport and the Olympics to be showcased at Olympic Park during The London 2012 Games.

And to give her extra inspiration, she interviewed professional gymnast and three time world champion, Beth Tweddle.

Louise, a mother-of-two, said: “People who entered the competition had to write 500 words on why poetry is like sport and then I got chosen to represent the North West.

“It was a huge honour to meet Beth and understand how she feels about the Olympics and translate that into a poem for other people to understand.

“She is a shining example of how the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games is about so much more than just sport.

“The impressive range of cultural activities will encourage people from all walks of life to get involved in something new and develop their talents. National Lottery players should be proud that their investment is inspiring so many people to explore their creative and sporting potential.

“This is a great opportunity for a non-sporting person from Wigan to become part of the Olympics.”

The National Lottery is a principal funder of The London 2012 Cultural Olympiad, which is the largest cultural celebration in the history of the modern Olympic and Paralympic movements.

Louise, who works at Upholland Library, is also taking her work to Wigan’s schools.

She is working with children at St Mary’s Primary School, in Ince, to create a poem which will be read when the Olympic torch goes through Wigan on May 31

And she is working with St Mary’s and St John’s Primary School and Mab’s Cross Community Primary School to help pupils produce a drama piece to coincide with the opening of the Olympics.

Louise began writing as a teenager, but began to take it further three years ago.

She runs Secret Writers Club, which meets at Little 15, in Wigan, twice a month and she is also performing with the club at the Words Festival.

The Cultural Olympiad will take place between June and September and is billed as the largest cultural celebration in the history of the modern Olympic movement.