Magazine article Geographical

Young Geographer of the Year 2012

Magazine article Geographical

Young Geographer of the Year 2012

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The 2012 Young Geographer of the Year competition drew its inspiration from the Society's Walk the World project, which highlighted the local links we have to the nations that competed in the London Olympic and Paralympic games. Entrants were asked to answer this question: 'What are the connections between your local area and the 206 Olympic and Paralympic participating nations and how do they influence the geography of your local area?'

With more than 1,500 entries across the four age categories, the standard of this year's submissions was very high. The judges were impressed with both the quality of the entries and the wide variety of links that they highlighted. A number of the winning entries were particularly creatively presented, but it was the depth of coverage of the entrant's local geography that really made the winners stand out.

All of the winners provided a real insight into the geography of their local areas, many of them also providing a guided walk to the area. (Readers keen to take part in similar geographically themed local walks should visit the Society's new Discovering Britain site at www.discoveringbritain.org)

This year's winner of the Rex Walford Award, which recognises the work of a geography teacher who is just starting their career, was Leanne Milner, a student teacher from Leicester. Leanne developed a series of Olympic-themed fieldwork lessons, including tracking the torch relay using GIS, that focused on Leicester. …

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