Star athletes inspire Jack

Mid Devon Star: Star athletes inspire Jack Star athletes inspire Jack

PUPILS at Cullompton Community College are ensuring the legacy of London 2012 lives on after rubbing shoulders with Olympic canoe slalom champion Etienne Stott.

A handful of pupils attended a Get Set to Make a Change workshop at Exeter Castle where they were given expert advice from London 2012 gold medallist Stott and former Paralympic champion Natalie Jones.

They were also offered support and ideas to plan a community project as the scheme aims to encourage people to come together, using the Olympic and Paralympic Games as their inspiration.

Jack Chapman was one of those Cullompton pupils and, after meeting Stott and Jones, is now bursting with ideas for their plan to host a cross-country running event.

He said: “At the Get Set workshop I collected ideas about how to help my community achieve more and be more active.

“Our school’s idea is to get younger kids into cross country, so we are thinking of holding a taster day and inviting as many down as possible.

“The workshop will help us do that because it taught us about working as a team and how best to co-ordinate activities to get all the community together and how best to advertise it.

“Meeting both Natalie and Etienne was great because hearing their struggles really inspires you to help others in your community.”

The Get Set to Make a Change programme will inspire almost 5,000 teenagers through 23 roadshows in 12 cities across the UK to deliver pledges of support to their community.

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