Triathlon pupils meet swimming star Tom Daley on London trip

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A group of pupils faced more challenges than they were expecting on a trip to London.

Almost 40 pupils from Years 4, 5 and 6 at Great Doddington Primary School were invited to a 10th anniversary triathlon at the Olympic Park in the capital.

The invite came about because the school has entered every Kids of Steel triathlon since the very first one in Corby nearly 10 years ago.

After taking in some of the sporting sights, such as attempting to jump the distance Greg Rutherford achieved to win his gold medal in 2012, and the cycling velodrome, it was on to the main event - the triathlon.

Teacher Daryl Gunn, who accompanied the children on their trip, said: ”There was a little bit of waiting, as more than 1,000 children were taking part in triathlons on the day, but eventually our 38 were changed and ready to swim... only to be told there had been a last-minute change.

“Not only were they now going to swim in the full-size Olympic pool, the same one world records were broken in at London 2012, but the reason for the move was that Tom Daley needed the smaller pool for a training session!



“He was a fantastic sport, shouting encouragement to some of the children and showing us some astonishing dives from the very highest board.

“If moving to the big pool was the icing on the cake, his appearance was the cherry on the icing.

“The children had a wonderful day, behaved and conducted themselves so well, encouraged each other through the tougher parts of the triathlon, and were a credit to the school.”