A BOY from Sheffield got a taste of life as an Olympian when he won a pass to the Olympic Park and met former decathlete Dean Macey.
Little Anton Ruschukliev, aged 10, was one of 100 youngsters from around the UK who won the prize as part of McDonald’s Mascotathon competition.
The aim was to get children up and down the country involved in sports by encouraging them to clock up the amount of time they exercised and register their achievements online.
The aim was to ‘power’ Olympic mascots, Wenlock and Mandeville, around the country to get them to London in time for the Games.
Anton, from Manor Top, was one of 100 winners to get backstage access to the Olympic Park, as well as entry to one of the events.
He chose to watch the swimming at the Aquatics Centre on Monday and got to meet former Team GB and Commonwealth Games gold medal winning decathlete Dean.
The youngster said: “I am so excited about the Olympic Games - I really enjoy sports in my free time.
“The best thing is meeting the athletes and seeing the big crowds.”
His mum, Borislava, who joined the youngsters on his trip, said: “The whole family is so thrilled about Anton’s triumph - it was a great opportunity that we could only dream of winning.
“The highlight was watching one of the events and meeting an athlete.”
On arrival at the Olympic Park, winners received Mascotathon branded clothing and soft toys, and took part in a special medal ceremony to experience the buzz of feeling like a world-beating athlete.
The Mascotathon was a Happy Meal promotion.
Dean Macey said: “I hope this promotion captures the imagination of UK kids to inspire them to get active and try new sports.”