A FEW showers failed to dampen the spirits of young athletes as they welcomed an Olympic medallist to their sports day.
Pupils at Chidham Parochial Primary School, in Chidham Lane, were visited by diver Pete Waterfield who won gold at the Commonwealth Games and silver at the London 2012 Olympic games.
“The kids absolutely loved it,” said PE coordinator Lizzie Marten. “They all had their cards out to get signed and then they were getting their shirts signed.
“They were amazed by his demonstration.
“They were just amazed that we had an Olympian at our school.”
She said Pete was ‘great’ staying until well beyond the end of the school day and really getting into the swing of things.
After speaking to parents and pupils about his training, including a demonstration of how to hold a handstand and a couple of backflips, he started all the races and helped Miss Marten present the trophies at the end of the day.
The visit was a reward as part of the Sainsbury’s 2013 School Games scheme.
Ten schools nationally were rewarded for their efforts in promoting sport, each winning £600 in vouchers for sports equipment.
However, Chidham was the only school of the ten selected for a visit from the Olympian.
Miss Marten explained how the school had been running two or three sports fixtures a week, uploading fixture lists and match reports written by the children to the Sainsbury’s 2013 School Games website.
She thanked Pete for his help on the day as well as Bourne Community College pupils who helped all the day.