Pupils at North Somercotes CE Primary School welcomed a very special guest last week, when former British swimming star Joanne Jackson paid a visit.
The children were put through their paces by the 2008 Beijing Olympics bronze medal winner, as Joanne, 27, who retired from competitive swimming after the London Olympics in 2012, led the whole school through a series of exercise routines including press ups, leg thrusts, star jumps and ‘spotty dogs’.
Joanne finished the day by leading an inspirational assembly talking about her life and career, and the children had the opportunity to ask her lots of questions.
Head teacher Paul Floyd said:“This was an amazing opportunity for the children to meet an inspirational athlete.
“Joanne’s message to the children was that anything is possible if you give 100 per cent, and this very much links to the ethos of our school.
“The children were sponsored for taking part in the event and we will invest the money raised in sports equipment for our school.
“However, the event was more about getting the children inspired to give their very best at all times!”
Year Six children Mia Russell and Holly Thomas said: “The exercise routine was great fun but the best part was the inspirational assembly because you got to know how she became such a successful swimmer, and all the hard work you have to put in to achieve your goals.”