Olympic torches inspire Corby pupils

Alison Hayes, assistant principal of Lodge Park Academy, Corby, with David Blakeston and Annie Read, the two Summer Cup captains
Alison Hayes, assistant principal of Lodge Park Academy, Corby, with David Blakeston and Annie Read, the two Summer Cup captains
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Pupils at Lodge Park Academy, Corby, are looking forward to a summer of sport after two Olympic torches visited their school.

Students were able to handle the torches from the London 1948 and 2012 games, inspiring them to take part in their Summer Cup in July, which will be attended by Lord Sebastian Coe.

The academy has also announced that students David Blakeston and Annie Read have been appointed Summer Cup captains and they are to play a key role in championing sporting participation at the academy.

The Summer Cup will see students compete in athletics with fellow David Ross Education Trust academies from around the country.

The historic torches have been making their way to trust academies in Northamptonshire, Lincolnshire and North East Lincolnshire.

Alison Hayes, associate principal at Lodge Park Academy, said: “The students were really inspired by the torch relay, and it was great to formally announce our new Summer Cup captains.

“David practises athletics at county standard and Annie regularly trains at Corby Athletics Club, so I am sure their dedication will inspire other students to get involved in sport.

“Sport is one of our academy specialisms, and we aim to encourage students to try a range of activities. The Summer Cup is a great way for them to partake in sports they may not have tried before, and work as a team to achieve success.”

David said: “Being chosen as the Summer Cup captain to represent the academy in July, is a great privilege.

“I hope to be able to make a difference both with my peers by encouraging them to attend training, and on the day.

“We won the Winter Cup back in November, and we want to repeat the same again this summer. I am a competitive person, I want to win gold and also bring the Summer Cup back to Lodge Park Academy.”