We Are The Champions calls at St Paul’s

Team GB swimmer Jo Jackson shows her Olympic bronze medal to children at St Paul's Primary School, Spalding, at a Sports for Schools day.  ANL-140905-143541001

Team GB swimmer Jo Jackson shows her Olympic bronze medal to children at St Paul's Primary School, Spalding, at a Sports for Schools day. ANL-140905-143541001

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Olympic dreams may have been born at St Paul’s Primary School, Spalding, where former swimming world record holder Jo Jackson was the guest at a special sports day.

Jo, a bronze medallist in the 400m Freestyle at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, spent several hours with pupils and staff to mark Sports for Schools day.

Olympian Jo Jackson in Spalding with St Paul's Primary School pupils  Daniela Smolskyte and Danny Pitijoi.  ANL-140905-143558001
Olympian Jo Jackson in Spalding with St Paul's Primary School pupils Daniela Smolskyte and Danny Pitijoi. ANL-140905-143558001

Pupils were put through their paces with an exercise programme that included star jumps and press ups before Jo spoke to them during an afternoon assembly in which she shared experiences from her life and swimming career.

Headteacher Kira Nicholls said: “Jo was amazing and the children were completely in awe of her.

“They asked her really thought-provoking questions and a team of our children got to interview Jo for a new school newspaper we’re trialling.”

The Sports for Schools day raised about £800 towards new sports equipment for the school and to support promising young athletes across the country.

Miss Nicholls said: “We were given a DVD in advance to show the children the sort of things they would be doing on the day.

“It started off with our Year 6s going through the activities, followed by the Year 5s and in the end, it became a rolling prgramme that went right throughout the school to our Reception year.

“We also have a talented swimmer at the school who was presented with some certificates by Jo.

“It was an absolutely amazing experience and if it encourages other schools in the area to take part and bring sport to life, I’d really recommend it.”

 

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