Olympics star to visit Royston School

BRITISH 2008 Olympic 100-meter finalist and World Indoor silver medallist, Jeanette Kwakye, will be attending Greneway School on Tuesday, July 12 to celebrate their 40th Sportsday Athletics Finals.

The school has been chosen by the Youth Sport Trust – an independent charity organisation that works to get more children involved with sport – to receive the services of Kwakye, 28, who is one of their current athlete ambassadors.

Greneway is also hoping to invite former school record holders to the event (see details at the end).

Kwakye says she takes her role seriously and hopes to make a difference in the lives of schoolchildren and young athletes.

The plan is for Kwakye to work with the Greneway athletes in PE lessons, hold a Q&A session and present at the school’s 40th athletics finals evening.

She said: “This will give me the opportunity to share my story with young people who may never think that success is achievable.

“My sport is my life. I struggle to think how my life would be without doing something that I adore. It has given me some amazing life skills and experiences that I would never have learnt without my sport.

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“Teaming up with Youth Sport Trust makes a great combination and attracts athletes from all spectrums. Each of us (ambassadors) can help inspire and ignite something special in the children that take part, from skaters to swimmers.”

The London-born sprinter is still working towards the London 2012 games as she hopes to improve on her sixth place finish in the 100-metre final in Beijing three years ago (the best by a female British sprinter for 24 years).

Assistant headteacher, Terry Graves, is looking forward to what should be a fantastic day for the school and said: “We always aimed to make this a special 40th celebration of athletic achievement – past and present – and having the honour of working with an Olympic athlete to enhance the whole experience and inspire our children further – we couldn’t have asked for more.”

Greneway is inviting all former record breakers to get in touch with them in order to attend the event as guests of honour.

If you are, or in contact with, a past record-holder please contact the school by Friday, July 4, with the following details to admin@greneway.herts.sch.uk or phone 01763 243650:



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