School children across the county were treated to a talk from paralympian Sam Ruddock last week.
As part of this year’s Inspire+ legacy tour Sam, who is an ambassador of the sports charity, visited numerous schools in the area to speak to pupils in assemblies about his experiences and the importance of sport.
Sam said: “I think it is important for them to see what it is like for someone who has been at this level of competition. It shows them that anyone can get there through hard work, and you can start from anywhere, even from the hard wood floor of the school gym.”
After competing at London 2012 in the T35 100m and 200m events, Sam wants to help keep the legacy of the Games alive through his work with Inspire+.
At one of the schools on the tour, Huntingtower Primary Academy, talented 11-year-old gymnast Ellie Booton was amongst the students inspired by Sam’s talk, and she already has hopes to compete at the next Olympics in Rio.
Speaking after the assembly at Huntingtower teaching assistant and P.E. teacher Tracey Duxbury-Mead said: “It has been absolutely fantastic. Earlier this week we had the legacy tour with the baton, and to have Sam come here today has been great - the children couldn’t take their eyes off him.”