Ben Rushgrove legs it to Leaden

Paralympian Ben Rushgrove visited Leaden Hall School for a fun-packed fitness circuit and inspirational assembly.

Ben is a sprinter with cerebral palsy, who has set a world record for T36 classification 200m, and has won silver and bronze Paralympic medals.

At Leaden Hall he led a stimulating assembly where his enthusiasm was overwhelming, and he then passed his Olympic medals around so every child got to hold one. The girls and staff then took part in a sponsored exercise event with Ben teaching them seven different exercises, from burpees to jumping lunges.

The scheme, run by Sports for Schools, encourages young people to live a healthy life and enjoy physical activity to gain a sense of achievement and boost self-esteem. The sponsorship money raised is split to provide sports equipment for schools and to support international athletes.

Head of Sports, Jaci Langhorn, said: “It was such an inspirational day for our up and coming athletes here at Leaden Hall. Ben is a fantastic ambassador for sport and we were so lucky to meet him.”

The Year 5 and 6 girls had the opportunity to put his advice into practice when they took part in the cross country relay at Clayesmore. Out of 40 participating teams, Leaden Hall’s A team finished in third place.

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