Sport Northern Ireland gear up for Giro d’Italia school art competition


Sport Northern Ireland gear up for Giro d'Italia school art competition

Sport Northern Ireland is gearing up to judge a staggering 3,700 design entries for its Giro d'Italia school art competition.

Team Sky cyclist Philip Deignan and renowned local artist Deepa Mann-Kler have joined the Sport Northern Ireland team with Chief Executive Antoinette McKeown to judge the Activ8 school "Design a Cycle Jersey" competition ahead  of the Giro d'Italia Big Start in Belfast (9-11 May 2014).

Pupils from primary schools across Northern Ireland have been active designing the prestigious Giro-themed cycling jerseys for Sport Northern Ireland's Activ8 mascots, Twist and Bounce.

The judges will pick two winning entries which they feel best represent the spirit of sport and the world-famous cycling event Giro d'Italia. The winning designs will then be especially manufactured into t-shirts for the Activ8 mascots.

Sport Northern Ireland's Chief Executive, Antoinette McKeown, said: "We have been incredibly impressed by the number and quality of designs submitted over the past month. We are lucky to have so many designs to choose from and are delighted to have Deepa and Phillip to help us make this tough decision!

"Having such well-known experts to judge is a great bonus for our Activ8 schools competition and builds on the excitement of Giro, which will bring more than 200 top professional cyclists from across the globe to our doorsteps."

With more than 3,700 design entries, the jersey judges expect to face some tough decisions as they pick the winning design.

The two winning designs will be announced on Sport Northern Ireland's Activ8 website in mid-March.







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