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GOLDEN ART; OLYMPIC CHAMP TESSA UNVEILS SUPERB GAMES MURAL C0-CREATED BY CITY PUPILS.

Byline: JACK LACEY

WITH days to go until Tokyo 2020, pupils at a Birmingham school are enjoying a specially commissioned mural which was unveiled by former Olympic gold medallist Tessa Sanderson.

It is one of 10 unique walls of art that will be appearing across the UK to inspire home support for Team GB.

Purplebricks, a British Olympic Association partner, commissioned the mural at Oasis Academy Blakenhale Junior school in Garretts Green.

It was painted by local artist Joe

Miles and co-created with a class of children from the school to support Team GB's journey to the Olympics.

The children submitted designs of what they would like to see on the mural before Joe created the final image.

Commenting on the wall mural, 1984 javelin winner Tessa said: "It really is a stunning design, and I hope it inspires the kids and the local community here for many years to come beyond the summer. Joe and the kids here at Blakenhale have done an amazing job."

The mural takes pride of place on a playground wall at the school in

Outmore Road. It aims to encourage people to get behind the nation's athletes in Tokyo.

The 'art relay' is the next phase of Purplebricks' Home Support campaign, which is encouraging people to proudly show their support for the national team. The unique murals, created by local artists and school children,

Tessa wins are appearing in a pop-up 'relay' across England, Wales, and Scotland. Tessa grew up in Wednesfield and was a member of Wolverhampton and Bilston Athletics Club.

in 1984

She said: "From my time as an Olympian, I know what a difference it can make having the nation get behind you, and we all need to back our athletes in Tokyo."

The artist behind the mural, Joe Miles, said: "The kids' designs blew me away; they had some great ideas."

Class teacher Annie Summers oversaw the children's designs and involvement in the project. She said: "All the children have been really engaged with the mural from the start."

? Purplebricks is working with communities, athletes, and local artists to create commemorative murals for Team GB, encouraging the nation to show home support and get behind the athletes in Tokyo. Visit @PURPLEBRICKSUK

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Tessa Sanderson and artist Joe Miles with kids from Oasis Academy Blakenhale Junior in front of the impressive new Tokyo mural

Tessa wins in 1984

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