Olympic long jump athlete inspires schoolchildren

Olympic long jumper Chris Tomlinson working with pupils at Seaburn Dene Primary School

Olympic long jumper Chris Tomlinson working with pupils at Seaburn Dene Primary School

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AN Olympian leapt at the chance to give Wearside youngsters some sporting tips.

Long jumper Chris Tomlinson spent an afternoon taking circuit-style fitness sessions with sports-mad pupils at Seaburn Dene Primary School.

Olympic long jumper Chris Tomlinson working with pupils at Seaburn Dene Primary School

Olympic long jumper Chris Tomlinson working with pupils at Seaburn Dene Primary School

The event was put on as part of the Sports for Schools programme.

Money raised by the children during the event will be used to buy sports equipment for the school.

After putting the children through their paces, the former British record holder and European silver medallist Chris gave pupils a motivational assembly about his career and his path into athletics from an early age.

He said: “It’s all about having a real go and pushing through, whether its sport or maths, science or anything else.

Olympic long jumper Chris Tomlinson working with pupils at Seaburn Dene Primary School

Olympic long jumper Chris Tomlinson working with pupils at Seaburn Dene Primary School

“I have always enjoyed trying to do better. I believe that the more you enjoy something, the greater your chance of succeeding.”

Seaburn Dene teacher and PE specialist, James Ashton, said: “It has been an absolutely fantastic event. We are really passionate about sport at Seaburn Dene and this proved not only inspirational, but motivational.

“The children really enjoyed it. Chris really impressed on the children the need to be resilient in all areas, not just sport. It’s a message we wholeheartedly support.”

Year 4 pupil, Charlie Swalwell, said: “I thought it was amazing being able to do the exercises with Chris. As a result of this, I want to get fit like Chris. He was huge.”

Classmate Adam Rooney, added: “We darted from activity to activity. They were so much fun. After we did the exercises, my heart was pounding.”