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Seychelles' golden tapestry

08 Mar 06 23:02
Local police officer William Magnel runs with the Queen's Baton on Anse Lezio beach, part of the Seychelle Islands. 

Local police officer William Magnel runs with the Queen's Baton on Anse Lezio beach, part of the Seychelles Islands.

As Seychellois athletes look to add to their Commonwealth Games tally of three medals – two silver and a bronze – all won in Boxing, school children from the islands will be represented in a very colourful way.

Students from the International School in Seychelles have participated in a worldwide project in which over 600 schools from 38 different Commonwealth nations created a tapestry, which will be a part of a huge display at the Games.

The group involved both junior and senior students, who designed and made the large artwork using wool, felt and fabric. The finished piece was named ‘The Golden Tapestry’.

Teacher Jemma Copley explained that the tapestry's theme represented the 25 different nationalities involved in its creation.

“On the final piece you can see a representation of the International School and a big group of faces that shows the range of cultures that exists in the school and community,” she said

The idea behind the Seychellois design was for the children to show the month of January which they chose to represent as sparkling raindrops in the sky, and the key feature of the sea, which plays a major role on the archipelago.

“A main part of a Seychelles diet is fish and seafood, so you can see our fishermen with their full nets,” Copley said, adding that the sea is also used for recreation such as diving and snorkelling.

Aside from the school and community theme, the students have tried to give a good representation of the nature and wildlife that exists in Seychelles, including several national treasures such as the widespread coco de mer palm.

The finished tapestry will tour the world following the conclusion of the Games.

This is the fifth time Seychelles have participated in the Commonwealth Games, following past appearances in Auckland, Victoria, Kuala Lumpur and Manchester.

In Melbourne, Seychellois athletes will compete in Athletics, Boxing, Weightlifting, Badminton, Table Tennis, Swimming and Cycling.

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