Olympic gold medallist Tim Baillie unveils artificial sports field in Grantham

Olympic Gold medallist Tim Baillie, left, unveils the new artificial sports field at Ambergate Sports College in Grantham with, from left, pupils Harry Brown and Brandon Hubbard, holding Tim's gold medal, and Peter Bell, Executive Head of Grantham Additional Needs Federation. Photo: 0159A
Olympic Gold medallist Tim Baillie, left, unveils the new artificial sports field at Ambergate Sports College in Grantham with, from left, pupils Harry Brown and Brandon Hubbard, holding Tim's gold medal, and Peter Bell, Executive Head of Grantham Additional Needs Federation. Photo: 0159A
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Pupils at Ambergate Sports College in Grantham met an Olympic gold medallist on Thursday.

Team GB slalom canoeist Tim Baillie visited the school to unveil its new sports field topped with artificial turf from the 2012 games.

Tim cut a ribbon to unveil the artificial surface and then pupils took part in a sports day on it.

Tim said: “It’s really cool that they are up-cycling some of the London 2012 venues in this manner and GANF do great work for kids with additional needs so they are a very worthy recipient. It makes me very proud to be British when I hear that the legacy is being managed so well and hence I’m excited to come along and be part of the sports day.”

The artificial turf was transported to the school and laid there by HB Sports Surfaces of Long Bennington.

Pupil Harry Brown, 15, who enjoys canoeing with the school, said: “ We watched Tim in the Olympics and it’s wonderful to see him here. It was a wonderful achievement.”

Peter Bell, Executive Head of Grantham Additional Needs Federation, said: “This is a wonderful facility that will enhance the quality of sport that can be delivered across the Federation.”