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PUBLISHED: 15:24 27 August 2008 | UPDATED: 10:22 12 August 2010

McDonald’s Champion Kids Wave 6 Group Green on August 23, 2008 during the XXIX Summer Olympic Games in Beijing, China.  (Photo by Getty Images)

McDonald’s Champion Kids Wave 6 Group Green on August 23, 2008 during the XXIX Summer Olympic Games in Beijing, China. (Photo by Getty Images)

A YOUNG journalist interviewed his favourite sports stars after winning a competition that had him flown out to the Beijing Olympics, writes Kate Mead. Luis Dartnall, 13, from Beckenham was flown out last Thursday to witness the closing weekend of the Be

A YOUNG journalist interviewed his favourite sports stars after winning a competition that had him flown out to the Beijing Olympics, writes Kate Mead.

Luis Dartnall, 13, from Beckenham was flown out last Thursday to witness the closing weekend of the Beijing Olympic Games after winning the McDonald's Champion Kid competition.

The Edenham High School pupil scooped the top prize after writing an article on his favourite Olympian Sir Steve Redgrave and was jetted off to meet double gold medallist rower James Cracknell.

Joining the Champion Kids Team, he had exclusive access to the athletes village, cheered on Tim Brabants as he won Gold in kayaking and met sports stars Carl Lewis, Daley Thompson, Darren Campbell, Louis Smith and even interviewed swimmer Rebecca Adlington.

He said: "Since landing in Beijing it's been a whirlwind of activity - Beijing is fantastic! I'm so tired now that I can barely speak, but as we only have a few days here we are determined to make the most out of our trip and today we still managed to go to the British Olympic House to look around.

"It was amazing to be at the United States Olympic Committee House out in Beijing to receive our medals and certificates from such famous athletes. Ali G would have been proud of all the bling in the building!"

Last Sunday, the schoolboy spent his last day at the Olympic city watching the Rhythmic Gymnastic finals before going to the Temple of Heaven and the Silk Street Market.

He added: "I loved the Temple of Heaven and everyone was so nice even if they were just interested in trading my badges!

"Silk Street Market which was my absolute idea of hell - shopping! My Mum enjoyed it though.

"Next we went to the Family Bai restaurant - a traditional Chinese restaurant where all the waitresses dressed in traditional Chinese clothes. There was so much food I just couldn't manage it all! We were also excited to get back and see the closing ceremony."

To read Luis' diary of his time at the Games, go to www.mcdonalds.co.uk and click on the Be Active tab.

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