Children’s mayor presents his ideas for a healthier city

Winner of this year’s Leeds Children’s Mayor, Oliver will be presenting his ideas to get families and children outside and be healthy in Leeds at the first meeting of council for 2013.

Oliver Larking, aged 10 from Bardsey Primary school fought off competition from nine other pupils in the final of the Leeds Children’s Mayor competition which took place in November last year. His manifesto focuses on creating ‘Open Aire Active Zones’ to encourage children and families to get outside, get fresh air and get fit and healthy.

Pupils from across Leeds voted in the annual competition for a range of manifestos from keeping kids healthy to tidying up the streets of Leeds.

Oliver said:

“I am so honoured to be the Leeds Children’s Mayor and to have been a part of some exciting events supporting the Lord Mayor at civic functions. I enjoyed the Lord Mayor coming to my school and bringing me in the limo and I was proud to have been a part of the remembrance parade and I enjoyed meeting all the stars at the Leeds lights switch on!

“I am quite nervous about reading my manifesto to the council members in the council chamber but I am excited to tell them about my idea and to meet some more new people.”

Lord Mayor of Leeds, Councillor Ann Castle said:

“Oliver has already done so much already in his role as Leeds Children’s Mayor, and he has been a real ambassador for children in the city.

“It is a daunting task standing in front of all the councillors, but no doubt Oliver will do an excellent job.

“I wish him well for the rest of year in the post and look forward to hearing him read out his manifesto at full council this week.”

Councillor Judith Blake, Leeds City Council executive board member for children’s services said:

“It is fantastic to have Oliver as Leeds Children’s Mayor and have a young voice coming to speak at full council.

“Oliver has some excellent ideas to encourage children to keep fit and stay healthy and with the Tour De France coming to Leeds and the Rugby League World Cup this is a great year to continue pushing the sporting and health agenda.”


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