Par­a­lympic star inspires pupils

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE -

PUPILS at Marl­bor­ough Pri­mary School wel­comed a very spe­cial visi­tor to their an­nual sports day.

Multi gold medal win­ning Par­a­lympic cy­clist Dame Sarah Storey popped in to hand out medals to the chil­dren and in­spire them in their own sport­ing chal­lenges.

Mac­cles­field Town Football Club man­ager John Askey and his as­sis­tant Efe Sodje also at­tended the day, which fea­tured a host of sport events in­clud­ing old favourites such as the egg and spoon and sack races as well as more novel events such as throw­ing the nerf howler, a ball emit­ting a howl as it is flung as far as pos­si­ble, and a speed bounce where par­tic­i­pants bounce twofooted side to side over a wedge.

Other events in­cluded a long jump, triple jump and javelin, an ob­sta­cle course, skip­ping and spin­ning. David Hope, who teaches year five and PE, said: “It was a great day de­spite the pour­ing rain and pupils slip­ping over onto their bot­toms. The kids re­sponded re­ally well and Dame Sarah was re­ally sweet, sign­ing a load of sports shoes and socks and hand­ing out medals.

“The kids were quite shocked when she ap­peared.

“I wanted to in­vite sports peo­ple to get the kids ex­cited about sport.”

The over­all win­ner on the day was Team Ainslie, named af­ter Olympic sailor Ben Ainslie.

Pic­tures by Matt Rat­cliffe

●● Spe­cial guest Par­a­lympic gold medal­list Dame Sarah Storey opens the sports day at Marl­bor­ough Pri­mary School

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