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Olympic Athlete 

On Friday 8th July, we had a very special visitor at our school. It was Chris Tomlinson, an Olympic long jumper who has held the British title on a number of occasions as well as taking part in three Olympic Games. He was an inspirational speaker who told the children about the hard work and dedication he had needed to put in to his sport to get to such a high standard. He also talked about the support he had received from his family and from teachers. The children took part in a number of timed fitness exercises and were encouraged to do their best by Chris and some really good music. The event was sponsored and some of the money will come to our school for new PE equipment and the rest is to help to train other aspiring Olympic Athletes. The children persuaded Chris to do a standing long jump in the hall and everyone was amazed how far he managed to jump. Above all, Chris who is from Middlesbrough was a kind and friendly man and we were delighted that he took the tie to visit us.