British Commonwealth silver medallist William Sharman visited Rockingham Primary School to inspire the pupils as they prepare for their exams.
The 110m hurdler, who grew up in Corby, delivered a motivational assembly and answered questions about his sporting career last week.
Meeting a British athlete was so inspirationalKarolina, Year 6 pupil
Headteacher Rebecca Steed said: “It has been a very fitting time for William Sharman’s visit as our Year 6 pupils are just about to take their SATS exams.
“He has given them some great advice about how to deal with pressure and the importance of giving your very best, that will be very useful for them during this important time.”
The athlete, who has competed in four World Championship finals, left a clear message for the pupils about the importance of working hard and never giving up.
Karolina, a Year 6 pupil, said: “Meeting a British athlete was so inspirational.
“He taught us how to get over any struggles we may come across.”
Luke, also Year 6, added: “He has really helped us to believe in ourselves whatever we decide we want to do.”
Sharman, who has two Commonwealth and European Championship medals for hurdling, started his training at Corby Athletics club, just a few miles from the school.
Mrs Steed said: “It has been a pleasure to welcome a local role model to Rockingham.
“We feel it is very important to remind our children that they can do anything they put their minds to.
“We would like to thank Mr Sharman for inspiring our children and helping us on our quest to keep aspirations high.”