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Olympic volleyball player shows Sunderland children how it’s done

British Olympic Volleyball player Peter Bakare with pupils from Barnes Infant School

British Olympic Volleyball player Peter Bakare with pupils from Barnes Infant School

KIDS found out what it takes to be a top athlete after a visit from an Olympic volleyball player.

Peter Bakare, who represented GB in the London Olympics, met the children at Barnes Infant School.

The pupils were put through their paces with exercise activities and learning the basics of volleyball.

It was organised by Sports for Schools, which gets athletes visiting schools across the country to motivate children.

Peter, who has now won a sports scholarship to study animation at Northumbria University, said he loves working with the children.

It was while studying for a degree at Sheffield Hallam University that Peter, who has also written for the Channel 4 drama Skins, has acted and performed stand-up comedy, was introduced to volleyball.

The 25-year-old put his education on hold to pursue the sport and achieved his biggest sporting dream of taking part in London 2012.

He said: “It was the most amazing experience to take part in the Olympics, especially in the area where I grew up. Seeing the development of the area and the games being held there, was fantastic.”

Headteacher at the school Julia Bradshaw said: “The children thoroughly enjoyed themselves.

“It was a fabulous way to promote keeping healthy.”

 

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