VIDEO: Olympic hero meets thrilled schoolchildren

Schoolchildren and teachers could barely contain their excitement as they met Olympic gymnast Louis Smith today (Thursday, May 2).

Smith, who won an individual silver and a team bronze at the London 2012 Games, was visiting Thrapston Primary School as part of his Olympic legacy tour.

Pupils from Thrapston Primary School with Olympic silver medallist gymnast Louis Smith.

Pupils from Thrapston Primary School with Olympic silver medallist gymnast Louis Smith.

He said he was pleased to be in Thrapston, and it was pretty cool some children had named him as one of their “real-life superheroes”.

“It’s pretty cool,” he said. “We talked a lot before the Olympics about the lagacy and what we want to be lasting after the Olympics has gone, so that’s the whole reason I’ve been doing this tour.”

Jemma Waters, a teacher at the school who organised Smith’s visit, said: “It all started because we were doing a topic on superheroes and the children had to choose a real-life superhero.

“I emailed Louis Smith and asked if he could visit the school and it all came from that.

“We are amazed he’s actually here. He’s the biggest celebrity we have ever had.”