Sir Steve inspires town pupils

NDET 19-6-12 BWJ 1 Sir Steve Redgrave Visits Hasland Hall School. Sir Steve Redgrave with pupils L-R, Sam Lawson, Georgina Rawson and Charlotte Brooks.
NDET 19-6-12 BWJ 1 Sir Steve Redgrave Visits Hasland Hall School. Sir Steve Redgrave with pupils L-R, Sam Lawson, Georgina Rawson and Charlotte Brooks.

Legendary athlete Sir Steve Redgrave visited Derbyshire this week as Olympic excitement takes hold on the county.

The five-times Olympic rowing gold medallist stopped off at Hasland Hall Community School on Tuesday to chat to pupils and promote more unusual sports.

Sir Steve spoke during a special assembly then joined youngsters for a game of ultimate Frisbee and a session on the school’s indoor rowing machine.

He made the visit as part of the Matalan Sporting Promise, which promotes sport in schools.

Sir Steve said: “It was a really enjoyable visit and fantastic to see the kids having so much fun playing ultimate Frisbee and having a go at rowing. This is such a huge summer of sport and it’s vital we continue to support PE teachers in the future.”

Kev Leatherday, of Hasland Hall Community School, said: “Our pupils love PE lessons and it’s been really exciting to have Sir Steve here to get involved in the sessions and show his support.

“It’s really important that sport is made as appealing as possible to help encourage our pupils to become more fit and active.”

Pupil Sam Lawson, 16, said: “It’s been fantastic to see such an inspirational sports star at our school.”

Sir Steve achieved gold at five consecutive Olympic games between 1984 and 2000.

Earlier in the day he visited St Joseph’s Catholic School in Matlock to instil some Olympic spirit in the pupils.

To read more about the county’s Olympic torch preparations, see this week’s Derbyshire Times.