OLYMPIC gym­nast Craig Heap had stu­dents jump­ing for joy when he vis­ited Hyndburn Academy.

Accrington Observer - - SCHOOLS NEWS -

Craig’s 20-year ca­reer saw him win 14 Bri­tish cham­pi­onship ti­tles, com­pete in five Euro­pean and five World cham­pi­onships and in 1998, be­come the first per­son in his­tory to cap­tain Eng­land to team Gold at the Com­mon­wealth Games in Kuala Lumpur.

In 2000, de­spite break­ing his hand in two places seven weeks ear­lier, Craig ful­filled his child­hood dream of com­pet­ing at the Olympic Games in Syd­ney, achiev­ing a per­sonal best in the All Around fi­nal.

Two years later, he cap­tained Eng­land to an­other gold in the Manch­ester 2002 Com­mon­wealth Games.

Craig re­vealed the se­crets of his suc­cess when vis­it­ing the Rish­ton-based school, talk­ing to stu­dents from years 7, 8 and 9 about re­silience and de­ter­mi­na­tion.

Pupils were then do­ing som­er­saults after Craig or­gan­ised a prac­ti­cal gym­nas­tics ses­sion on a minitram­po­line.

He then took time to have ‘self­ies’ wear­ing his Com­mon­wealth medals.

Ex­ec­u­tive Prin­ci­pal Andy O’Brien said: “At Hyndburn Academy, we strive to pro­vide our stu­dents with an as­pi­ra­tional ed­u­ca­tion and Craig’s visit helped to demon­strate to stu­dents what is pos­si­ble through hard work, fo­cus and de­ter­mi­na­tion.”

Olympic gym­nast Craig Heap had stu­dents jump­ing for joy when he vis­ited the Hyndburn Academy in Rish­ton

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