Former Olympic swimming star Sophie at Weston School

Lincoln born swimming star Sophie Allen talks to Weston St Mary pupils. SG230317-118TW
Lincoln born swimming star Sophie Allen talks to Weston St Mary pupils. SG230317-118TW

Former Olympic swimming star Sophie Allen was on a mission to inspire children to take up sport when she visited Weston St Mary Primary School.

Lincoln-born Sophie threw herself into her chosen sport at the age of 11 and now works as an Inspire+ ambassador and school sports officer,

Pupils in team building exercises with Sophie. SG230317-104TW

Pupils in team building exercises with Sophie. SG230317-104TW

She currently leads a Girls in Sport campaign and that was her main focus during an assembly at the Weston school, although head teacher Nick Newitt says: “She was really trying to inspire all children to take up physical activity, to take part in sport.”

Sophie led two workshops on team working, one on communication and a fourth on diet and nutrition.

Mr Newitt said: “Sophie was trying to get across the idea that when you eat snacks like crisps and chocolate bars that it takes a lot of physical activity to burn those calories off. I think children were intrigued by how much physical activity it takes just to burn off one Snickers bar.”

One estimate shows it takes 56 minutes of brisk walking to use up the calories in a Snickers.

Action time for pupils. SG230317-107TW

Action time for pupils. SG230317-107TW

Mr Newitt said: “The children found it really inspiring to meet with an Olympian and to ask her questions.”

Sophie represented Britain in the Commonwealth Games, European and World championships, and the London 2012 Olympics before retiring through injury in 2014.

• See more pictures in Thursday’s Spalding Guardian.