Olympian Lewis-Francis drops in on Lodge Park students

Olympic gold medallist Mark Lewis-Francis – now a Speed Consultant for the David Ross Education Trust (DRET) – visited Lodge Park Academy (LPA) in Corby for an elite sprinting and relay training experience for over 70 students.

Thursday, 9th May 2019, 7:40 am
Olympic gold medallist Mark Lewis-Francis was on hand to visit students at Lodge Park Academy

The 2004 Olympian worked with students from Year 7 through to Year 10 on their sprint and relay techniques, ahead of the DRET Summer Cup which is held annually by the Trust.

Lewis-Francis spoke to examination groups about a range of topics from his athletic experience to day to day issues students face.

Head of PE at LPA, Ben Armstrong was really impressed with the success of the day.

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He said: “Mark was fantastic with students throughout the visit, he was engaging, current and delivered strong takeaway messages to all students.”

Alex Williams, Sports Enrichment Officer at LPA, added: “Mark was exceptional with the students and delivered a once in a lifetime experience. The quote of the day from Mark was definitely: ‘Don’t be a sheep, be a shepherd’.”