Only 3 weeks to go until the Jubilee Time Capsule is sealed…

Queen Elizabeth the second

There are only 3 weeks to go until our special Jubilee Time Capsule is sealed forever, a digital Diamond Jubilee gift to Her Majesty the Queen! When we say ‘ours’ we really do mean it – people from all over the world have been contributing to the Capsule, filling it with memories from the last 60 years of Her Majesty the Queen’s reign. From Grenada to Singapore, from Olympic Gold medalist Kirani James to interviews with the grandparents, we have read thousands of your fabulous entries, and we can’t wait for the Queen to see them too!

Last week Chiang Yan Li from Singapore wrote this great entry about her school which won her an engraved iPod touch: (yes, we are giving one away every week until the end of September!)

We are also running a photography competition with The Royal Photographic Society. To win a trip to London, and for the chance to be mentored by RPS photographers, submit your photographic entry into the Capsule here and to read more about our Competitions click here.

… there are only 3 weeks to go until the Jubilee Time Capsule is sealed for good!


The London 2012 Olympics Close With A Party!

Closing Ceremony London 2012

Fireworks light up the Olympic Stadium and close out the London 2012 Olympic Games

17 days of London 2012 Olympic events closed yesterday with a celebration of British pop music through the past several decades. From the Spice Girls to Annie Lennox to a video tribute to John Lennon, a wide variety of music genres and legends were honoured during the celebration. The pageantry and showmanship were undeniably British and will surely not be forgotten. Looking back we tried to come up with some of our favourite memories of these Olympics and after some debate here are just a few of the moments we came up with:

Chad Le Clos of South Africa beating Michael Phelps in the 200m Butterfly by .05 seconds!

Kirani James taking home Grenada’s first EVER Olympic medal – which just happened to be gold in the Men’s 400m.

Stephen Kiprotich winning the Men’s Marathon and Uganda’s first gold medal since 1972!

The Canadian Women’s Football Team coming back from a heartbreaking defeat in the semi-finals to win a historic bronze medal.

Indian wrestler Sushil Kumar became the first Indian athlete to take home a medal in successive games!

Sally Pearson reacted fantastically to winning gold for Australia in the women’s Hurdles and her celebration was a defining image of the Games.

These are just a few of the moments we loved from London 2012 but there were so many more to choose from!

While we’re disappointed that the Games are over, we are definitely looking forward to the Paralympic Games in a few weeks time! In the meantime, we would love to see your best memories from London 2012! What events had you on the edge of your seat? Did any winners surprise you? Tell us about your favourite Olympic memories on the Jubilee Time Capsule!

It’s the Summer of Sport!

This summer is turning out to be the ‘Summer of Sport’ with major sporting events taking place all over the world in all different sports. We at the JTC are currently going sports-mad and can’t get enough! With Euro 2012,Wimbledon, ICC World Twenty20, ICC U-19 Cricket World Cup, Formula One, Rugby Summer Tours and last but by no means least – the London 2012 Olympics – we won’t have to do without sport for a single day this summer.

The Jubilee Time Capsule has an entire Sports Gallery full of fantastic sports-related memories from primary school football matches to World Cups. These are some of our favourite sports entries in celebration of the Summer of Sport:

South Africa World Cup 2010

The World Cup 2010 in South Africa was a landmark event for both South Africa and the whole African continent.

While we here in England haven’t experienced the joy of hosting or winning a World Cup since 1966 (sore subject), one of the Commonwealth family hosted it just 2 years ago. The 2010 World Cup in South Africa was a landmark sporting event as it was the first World Cup hosted by an African nation. Lungile Ntuli from South Africa submitted her entry about the legacy of the World Cup inSouth Africa and its symbolic significance.

1956 Olympic Games in Melbourne Australia

The 1956 Olympic Games in Melbourne were Australia’s first time hosting and the first during Queen Elizabeth II’s reign!

This summer marks one of the most anticipated sporting events – the London 2012 Olympics. The first Olympic Games during Queen Elizabeth II’s reign were held in Melbourne in 1956. Alison Vile has submitted her memories of moving to Melbourne in 1956 and attending Olympic events as part of a school group (We bet a lot of schoolchildren wish that were the case this summer!)

India Win the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup!

India defeat Sri Lanka in the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup Final!

We would venture a guess that cricket is the most competitive Commonwealth sport. This summer will see the ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup in Australia. We have loads of great entries about exciting cricket matches and we particularly like this entry from Ananya Sivaraman about their home nation, India, taking home top honours at the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup!

The Vanuatu Beach Volleyball Team aim for the London 2012 Olympics

The Vanuatu Beach Volleyball Team aim to qualify for the London 2012 Olympics.

While we have some fantastic entries from people who watch their favourite athletes compete – we also have fantastic entries from the athletes themselves! We have received inspiring entries from Parathletes Oscar Pistorious and Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson as well as Olympic hopefuls – the Vanuatu Beach Volleyball Team!

Sports are one of the best ways citizens of the Commonwealth can come together, whether it’s watching a match, supporting the same team or actually playing sports together – sports are important in every Commonwealth nation. For our Summer of Sport, we would love to see all of YOUR sports memories on the Jubilee Time Capsule!

Olympic Torch Spotted!

People's Voice Media spotted the Olympic Torch in the North West

People’s Voice Media spotted the Olympic Torch in the North West!

JTC contributors in the UK can’t have failed to notice that the Olympic Torch has visited the four corners of the British Isles over the past couple of weeks.So far we’ve received three entries on the London 2012 Torch relay:

  • Darren Fitzy remembers the day he found out he would carry the Torch through Camden
  • Jenny Cole remembers the day she held the Torch in Belfast
  • People’s Voice Media remember seeing the Torch visit the North West of England

We’ve also received an entry from Zac Hodge in Australia who remembers the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Torch relay. If you’ve spotted an Olympic Torch, past or present, we’d love to see your photos in the JTC!

JTC interviews Dame Mary Peters

Continuing with November’s sports theme we recently interviewed Dame Mary Peters, a British athlete and gold medal winner in both the Commonwealth and Olympic Games.

When asked to talk about a standout moment from the past 60 years Dame Mary chose to talk about winning a gold medal in the pentathlon at the 1972 Olympics in Munich. 

Dame Mary recalls how achieving four personal bests in five disciplines allowed her to beat the favourite, Heide Rosendahl, to gain the top spot on the podium, winning the gold medal by only 10 points out of 4801. 

Dame Mary also talks about how her success means she can now help talented young athletes achieve their own successes through the Mary Peters Trust. 

To watch the interview click here.

Sport in the Jubilee Time Capsule

November is Sports Month in the Jubilee Time Capsule.  We’re asking for contributions on your favourite sports-related memories!

We want to know about your school sports days; the day your favourite football team won a match; your memories of the Commonwealth Games and the Olympics; any sports competitions you’ve been a part of; or memories of being part of a sports club and what that meant to you.

So far we’ve had entries on a wide range of sports, including; football, rugby, swimming and athletics, we’ve even interviewed sports stars Oscar Pistorius, Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson and Dame Mary Peters.

We want to build a fantastic collection of Commonwealth sporting memories; from coming first at the 100m on a school sports day, to watching New Zealand win the 2011 Rugby World Cup.  We want to know how people are involved in sport across the Commonwealth, what sports they love and why.  This is why we want YOUR sports stories!

To see what sports memories Jubilee Time Capsule users have already entered click here.

Oscar Pistorius talks to the JTC

November is Sports Month in the Jubilee Time Capsule, so to kickstart the month we caught up with South African Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius at Lee Valley Athletics Centre in London.

Oscar’s motto is “you’re not disabled by the disabilities you have, you are able by the abilities you have” and in this entry Oscar recalls the moment, after narrowly avoiding a go-karting disaster as a child, that he learnt there are advantages in having a disability.

To watch the video in the JTC please visit the website.

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