Olympians Sir Steve Redgrave and Colin Jackson inspire students at Summer Cup in Grantham

Olympic stars Sir Steve Redgrave and Colin Jackson at the Summer Cup in Grantham.
Olympic stars Sir Steve Redgrave and Colin Jackson at the Summer Cup in Grantham.

Olympians Sir Steve Redgrave and Colin Jackson were guests at this year’s Summer Cup at The Meres in Grantham.

The athletes met students at the school sports event on Wednesday which is held every year by the David Ross Education Trust which runs 33 schools throughout the region including Charles Read Academy in Corby Glen and Ingoldsby Primary School.

Colin Jackson with pupils from Charles Read Academy at the Summer Cup held at The Meres in Grantham.

Colin Jackson with pupils from Charles Read Academy at the Summer Cup held at The Meres in Grantham.

Sir Steve is a five-times 
Olympic gold medallist in rowing and Colin Jackson is a world champion hurdler and Olympic silver medallist.

More than 1,500 aspiring athletes from the primary and secondary academies took part in athletics, swimming, table tennis, tennis, boccia, sportshall athletics and hockey tournaments at the South Kesteven Sports Stadium and leisure centre.

Students had prepared for the competition since the start of the spring term, with training sessions and athletics clubs taking place before and after school.

Rowena Hackwood, Chief Executive Officer at DRET, said:“The Summer Cup is just one of the annual highlights of the Trust’s exclusive sports programme, which offers outstanding opportunities for our students.

Sir Steve Redgrave signs autographs at the Summer Cup.

Sir Steve Redgrave signs autographs at the Summer Cup.

“It was truly pleasing to see the students compete with such pride and passion, and I was so impressed by the amount of talent showcased throughout the day. Everyone who took part should be extremely proud of their efforts and achievements.”

Five-time Olympic Gold medallist Sir Steve Redgrave speaks to the students at the Summer Cup in Grantham.

Five-time Olympic Gold medallist Sir Steve Redgrave speaks to the students at the Summer Cup in Grantham.

Sir Steve Redgrave meets fans at the Summer Cup.

Sir Steve Redgrave meets fans at the Summer Cup.

Olympian and World Champion hurdler Colin Jackson talks to the students at the Summer Cup at The Meres in Grantham.

Olympian and World Champion hurdler Colin Jackson talks to the students at the Summer Cup at The Meres in Grantham.