Olympic medallist inspires village school
A British gymnast and Olympic medallist visited pupils at a village school to talk about the value of hard work and commitment.
Kristian Thomas, a 2012 Olympic bronze medallist, visited Ingoldsby Academy on Friday, to talk to the young students about his journey and inspire their own futures.
The school invited the elite athlete to a special assembly with the whole school including staff and some parents, where Kristian spoke about his career and how he learned to master his gymnastic skills through hard work and practice.
Kristian stayed with the school throughout the day and took part in several master classes for each year group looking at gymnastics skills including balancing, rolling, jumping and making shapes.
A group of students were invited to a special VIP lunch giving them the opportunity to speak to Kristian further about his career.
Some pupils were chosen to take part in a special talent masterclass along with four students from Charles Read Academy where Kristian coached them in more challenging handstand and tumbling skills.
Melanie Capes, principal at Ingoldsby Academy, was delighted with the visit.
She said: “It was an incredible day and a great opportunity for our students to meet an outstanding athlete.
“Students feel really inspired and motivated after hearing Kristian’s story. We had a great day.”