YOUNG sportspeople had the chance to get tips from the top with a visit from an Olympic medal winner.
Steve Cram, middle distance runner and silver Olympic medallist, went along to Whitburn CE Academy to meet some of the school’s sporting hopefuls.
Steve, a record holder and world champion in the 1500m, spoke to the Year 11 pupils about their commitment to sport and how they manage this alongside keeping on top of their studies.
The athlete, who is also chancellor of The University of Sunderland, talked with a number of the students, including Emma Peters, who is shortly to compete for Team GB in the World Junior Skiing Championship in Italy and currently holds three British National titles.
He also met other talented young athletes, including Nathan Gaughan, who plays rugby league, Emma Johnson, who takes part in the heptathlon, Kieran Graham, a keen sailor and Grace Edmunds, who takes part in fencing, and talked about their sporting successes and ambitions.
The visit was part of a partnership arrangement to build stronger links between the university and Whitburn CE Academy. Steve was accompanied by Professor John Macintyre, vice chancellor of the university.
Alan Hardie, principal of the academy, which is hoping to open a sixth form, said: “We were delighted that some of our sporting stars had the opportunity to meet Steve, as he is an outstanding role model for our pupils.
“I hope that the meeting will help us work more closely with The University of Sunderland to develop opportunities for our pupils to use some of its excellent facilities and find out more about university life.”