Prince Harry has been introduced to talented youngsters who achieved success in the School Games
Prince Harry has teased Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt about his bell-ringing accident as they celebrated Britain's next generation of sports stars.
The minister narrowly avoided injuring bystanders when a bell he was ringing flew off its handle during an event on HMS Belfast to mark the start of London 2012.
The Prince joked with Mr Hunt about the incident as they were introduced to talented youngsters who achieved success in the inaugural School Games.
Nearly 2,000 schoolchildren had the chance to compete in four main Olympic venues, before the start of the Games.
Harry, who is president of the School Games, met a group of the winning athletes at a reception at Clarence House, in central London, and urged the promising youngsters to aim for success at the next Olympics in Brazil.
The Prince said: "Because of your achievements, you have become role models - not just for your friends at school but for the next generation of British athletes.
"I urge you to pick up the torch - or, in Jeremy's case, the bell - and I expect to see your faces again when you stand on the podium at Rio and beyond."
Harry said he hoped one of the legacies of London 2012 would be for Olympic athletes to "inspire future generations to take up sport".
He added: "Every one of you here today are now the leaders of that legacy, whether you like it or not." Harry then joked: "Hopefully you'll grow and grow and grow and become very famous and we can beat China."
British weightlifter Zoe Smith and sprinters Darren Campbell and Jason Gardener, who both won Olympic gold in Athens in the 4x100m, joined the young athletes and their families at the event.
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