Shrewsbury school goes for gold with Team GB athlete
15 November 2021
Children at a junior school in Shrewsbury enjoyed a day of special PE sessions led by Team GB bronze medallist Kristian Thomas.
From somersaults to headstands, Kristian wowed the pupils at St. George's Junior School with his array of medals and discussed how he trained for six hours each day to reach his dream of competing at the Olympics.
The pupils at St. George's were selected by our West Midlands region to enjoy the unique classes as part of the Stay Active campaign.
Aimed at young people and schools, the pack contained various fitness and craft activities as well as a competition to design a ‘Good Luck Team GB’ poster ahead the Tokyo Olympics.
Vivienne Tunbridge won the prize that involved an appearance at her school by Wolverhampton-born gymnast Kristian Thomas, who won 14 major international medals during his career before retiring in 2017.
Kristian said: “I believe everybody has a sport that will keep them fit and healthy, that they enjoy and that they are good at. It’s just a case of finding it.
“It was great to see the children engage with my sessions and ask lots of questions regarding my career and how I got to where I am today.
“I hope that I’ve inspired the next generation of athletes because that’s what the partnership between Persimmon Homes and Team GB is all about, helping youngsters get excited about sport.”
Nick Flack, from St. George's Junior School, said: “When we heard that Vivienne had won the Persimmon Homes Stay Active campaign, we were ecstatic.
“To have an Olympic athlete come to our school was absolutely incredible and something that I’m sure will be remembered for years to come.
“Kristian was great with the kids and has definitely inspired them to stay active and get involved in more sports. We would like to say a massive thank you to Persimmon Homes and Team GB for putting on such a fun day for us all.”
Stephen Cleveley, managing director for Persimmon Homes West Midlands, said: “We were delighted to hear that the winner of the Stay Active campaign was from our region because it was such a great prize.
“The partnership with Team GB allows us to help motivate the younger generation across the UK to become involved in sport and encourage them to work hard to achieve their goals.
“We take pride in being able to give back to the communities by where we build and who knows, a pupil from St. George's might well be the next athlete of the future.”