Olympian leads PE lesson at school

Barton Seagrave, Latimer Arts College, badminton olympian: Gail Emms, demonstrating her sport.'02/10/12

Barton Seagrave, Latimer Arts College, badminton olympian: Gail Emms, demonstrating her sport.'02/10/12

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Olympic badminton silver medallist Gail Emms visited a county school last week to give pupils her sporting tips.

Gail Emms, who won silver at the Games in Athens in 2004, dropped in to Latimer Arts College, in Castle Way, Barton Seagrave, to give a talk to students and lead a PE lesson.

After winning the national Cook for the Queen in June, in addition to a visit to Buckingham Palace, the college also won the chance to spend the day with Olympian Gail Emms.

Sarah Stewart, a Year 13 student, said: “It has been an inspirational day.

“It has been great to learn about Gail’s experiences. I am about to compete in the Taekwon-do World Cup this week and this visit has motivated me to do well.”

After winning the Cook for The Queen in August, there were more student celebrations following the achievement of the school’s GSCE results, where 89 per cent of students gained 5A* to C grades.

Siobhan Hearne, principal, said: “We were very excited about Gail Emms coming to the college and the students thoroughly enjoyed their PE lessons and assemblies.

“It is not every day you are taught by an Olympic medallist and this is an amazing opportunity to support the college in sustaining its own legacy following on from London 2012.”