Olympic gold medallist Denise Lewis among sports stars to shine at schools Summer Cup in Grantham

Denise Lewis signs autographs at the Summer Cup at The Meres.
Denise Lewis signs autographs at the Summer Cup at The Meres.
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Olympic gold medal-winning athlete Denise Lewis OBE is in Grantham today to support more than 1,500 youngsters at a annual sport event at The Meres.

Denise was the special guest at the David Ross Education Trust’s Summer Cup – a sporting event contested by Trust schools throughout the region, including Corby Glen’s Charles Read Academy and Ingoldsby Academy at South Kesteven District Council’s Meres Leisure Centre.

Denise Lewis at the Summer Cup. Photo: TRP-1-7-2015-396A (21)

Denise Lewis at the Summer Cup. Photo: TRP-1-7-2015-396A (21)

At the opening ceremony Denise said: “I hear that you have all been working extremely hard. I wouldn’t be the person I am today if I had not been involved in sport, it has enriched my life and has enabled me to do things I never thought possible and it’s one of the best things you can do.

“This event is fantastic for you and enables you to come together and compete, try different sports and it is great to see so many of you participating.”

Denise, who is a retired track and field athlete won gold in the heptathlon at the 2000 Sydney Olympics.

Sponsor David Ross said he was extremely excited about this year’s event and praised SKDC for the quality of the venue. He said: “This is a fantastic venue for us and we are very grateful for it. We can so many children in and a great number of events and on top of that it is in a superb geographical location in the centre of the country.”

Students compete in the Summer Cup at The Meres. Photo: TRP-1-7-2015-396A (29)

Students compete in the Summer Cup at The Meres. Photo: TRP-1-7-2015-396A (29)

Also in attendance was TV presenter and former international gymnast Gabby Logan with her husband, retired Scottish rugby player Kenny Logan.