Chris Hoy and Judy Murray enjoy sports day at Radcliffe primary school
PRIMARY School pupils were left starstruck when Olympian Sir Chris Hoy and Judy Murray, the mother of Wimbledon champion Andy, graced their sports field.
The youngsters at Gorsefield Primary, in Radcliffe, were treated to a “sports day of a lifetime” — after a staff member won a competition.
Nearly 400 four to 11-year-olds at the Robertson Street school were given tips on perfecting their pedal power with Sir Chris, or adding finesse to their forehand with tennis coach Judy.
They also took part in a fun activities organised by TV comedy game show It’s A Knockout.
The pupils won the ultimate sports day when year six teaching assistant Laurence Kitchinson entered a Highland Spring water competition in June.
He added: “You only had to go online and nominate your school, so it was a big shock when I got a phone call two weeks later to say we had won.
“It is a fantastic thing for the children to be able to participate in and I am so happy the school has had this opportunity.”
Headteacher Morven Stroud said it was an unusual and exciting experience the children would remember long after leaving Gorsefield.
She added: “It is not often you meet sports role models who you have previously seen on the television. Following the London Olympics last year, classes spent time discussing how these athletes were resourceful and resilient in their struggle to be the best and have their eureka moment of success.
“We celebrate these attitudes in our learners, and this is a special eureka moment for all of us.” Claire Wilson, marketing and sponsorship manager at Highland Spring, said: “It is a once in a lifetime opportunity for many of the children and they had a fantastic time, picking up plenty of hints and tips from both Judy and Chris.”
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