Kristian Thomas vaults in to inspire Wolverhampton pupils

By Harriet Evans | Penn | Education | Published:

Former Olympic gymnast Kristian Thomas vaulted into a Wolverhampton school to share the power of sport and fitness with pupils.

Adrian Patrick, event organiser; Team Super School, Councillor Dr Michael Hardacre, Kristian Thomas, Olympic Gold medallist, Melissa Walker, PE coordinator Woodfield Primary School, with children form year 2

The European Championship Gold and Olympic Bronze medallist, originally from Wednesfield, was joined by Commonwealth medallist Adrian Patrick on a visit to Woodfield Primary School in Penn as part of a Team Superschools event.

The pair joined pupils in fitness circuits in the morning, including sit ups, press ups and star jumps, before Kristian gave an inspirational assembly where he talked about his long and successful sporting career.

He also showed pupils his bronze medal from the London Olympics, which he said was his favourite medal as he won it in front of his home crowd.

Philip Salisbury, headteacher, said: "The purpose of the visit from Team Superschools was two-fold, for our children to meet famous athletes and get inspired to achieve and live a healthy lifestyle, and to help raise money for new PE equipment at our school in a fun, inspirational and exciting way, with children sponsored by their friends and family to take part in fitness activities."

Councillor Dr Michael Hardacre, Wolverhampton Council's cabinet member for education and skills, said: "Kristian and Adrian are great role models for our children and young people, and it was fantastic they were able to spend the day with pupils at Woodfield Primary School."

Kristian Thomas won his first global individual medal – a bronze – in the 2013 World Championships, which was also the first global medal won in the vault by a British male gymnast.

He then won his first major international title, gold in the floor exercise at the 2015 European Artistic Gymnastics Championships.

Harriet Evans

By Harriet Evans
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