St Andrew’s Prep hosted an Olympic Challenge and welcomed a number of inspirational sportmen and coaches to the school.
The pupils enjoyed the company of 1992 Hockey Olympian Rob Hill, Dr Gary Brickley, Paralympic coach and part of the coaching team for cyclist, Dame Sarah Storey; Will Miller who has represented GB at two veterans Fencing World Championships and Fi Tillman, 2014 GB wheelchair basketball world championship player.
St Andrew’s also invited 40 children from four local primary schools to enjoy the day alongside St Andrew’s pupils.
In the morning, the children all got stuck in to workshops presented by the special visitors including hockey skills and drills. They learned how to lunge and parry in fencing; how to steer a wheelchair and shoot goals from the sitting position and a fascinating talk about the training undertaken by the Olympic and Paralympic cycling team.
After a barbecue lunch, the children took part in a decathlon including, among other events, 100m, long jump, high jump, discus and vortex throwing.
Each child was given a T-shirt in one of the five colours of the Olympic rings.
Gareth Jones, headmaster, said, “The aim of our day was very much in line with the goal of the Olympic Movement which, to paraphrase, is to educate youth through sport without discrimination of any kind and in the Olympic spirit which requires mutual understanding with a spirit of friendship and fair play.”
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