Athletics champion gives speech to students

(l-r) Jess Varley, David Moorcroft, Kristina Cowley
(l-r) Jess Varley, David Moorcroft, Kristina Cowley
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A former athletics world record holder visited a school to speak about the sporting legacy of the Olympics.

David Moorcroft, who held the world record for 5000m and won in the Commonwealth Games three times, dropped into Oundle School to give a talk to pupils about sporting achievement and the Olympic legacy.

He gave the talk to General Studies pupils.

Sixth form pupil Johnnie Bland, 17, said: “Mr. Moorcroft spoke about the importance of presenting a sustainable and enduring legacy for the London 2012 Olympics.

“We were shown the final video from Singapore that effectively swung the vote in our favour through its emphasis on legacy and how the London Olympics would encourage children of all creeds and colours to take up sport.

“He also went on to say that after these Olympics it will be crucial that government funding is kept consistent to facilitate British success in the future of the Olympics.”

“He also mentioned the importance of sticking to your morals and working hard to achieve your goals, giving the example of himself who as a teenager never competed in the nationals for athletics but through sheer determination and grit he became a highly accomplished international athlete.”