Pupils at Turnfurlong Junior School in Aylesbury received a PE lesson they’ll never forget today when Olympic heptathlon gold medallist Denise Lewis came to town.
Legend Lewis took over the reins for a session, which is all part of her role as a Youth Sport Trust Ambassador.
Lewis gripped the nation in her pursuit of a gold medal at the Sydney Olympic Games in 2000.
And now she inspired youngsters at Turnfurlong after the school won the prized visit as part of the Youth Sport Trust’s Primary Membership scheme.
As well as putting the kids through their paces in PE, the athlete-turned pundit hosted an assembly on her journey to Olympic glory and emphasise the importance of being physically active.
Lewis, who lives in nearby Gerrards Cross, said: “Visiting primary schools up and down the country to inspire young people to get active is a real passion of mine.
“It is important that PE and school sport is a fun experience that captures their imagination and really inspires them to stay active and healthy.
“I’m so excited to be visiting Turnfurlong to get involved with their activities, and pass on some of my experiences to the pupils.”
Turnfurlong has a strong commitment to PE and school sport, encouraging their pupils to compete at events such as the Sainsbury’s School Games, where they have been successful in recent years.
Headteacher Jo Erasmus said: “We believe sport can make a real impact across all areas for a young person, including boosting confidence and improving achievement in the classroom.
“We are delighted to welcome Denise to our school; it is an incredible opportunity to have someone with such a rich sporting history to share her inspirational story with our young people. All the children are really looking forward to seeing her.”
The Youth Sport Trust Primary Membership, which is free to all primary schools across the country, provides primary schools with advice and guidance on the development of physical education and school sport in their schools and access to a number of resources, training and events.