Paralympic star helps to inspire sporting youngsters

From the left, wheelchair athlete Georgina Oliver with Emma Jackson, nine, Elliot Scrimshaw, four, and Nathaniel McLauchlan, eight.
From the left, wheelchair athlete Georgina Oliver with Emma Jackson, nine, Elliot Scrimshaw, four, and Nathaniel McLauchlan, eight.

A TALENTED Paralympics hopeful for the London 2012 games has been helping to inspire the future generation of athletes.

Rastrick’s Georgina Oliver handed out sports awards to pupils at Highbury school, where she also works as a volunteer.

As part of Lloyds TSB National School Sport Week, the children have had a very busy time trying a range of sports.

The presentation also marked the sporting success of pupils throughout the year.

Georgina, who is currently ranked number one in the UK for the 100m, said: “It’s great to see all the children getting involved in sport.

“I have just finished at Kirklees college and I come and help out with the pupils here.

“My training has got more serious now and I am training every day as well as competing in events. I have got the time I need for the 100m so I am hoping I’ll be selected come next year.”

Year five and six competed at an event at the Spring Hall athletics track in Halifax and competed against other schools from West Yorkshire with a total of 10 youngsters reaching the final heats.

They have also excelled in the swimming pool at the school as well as going to Brighouse swimming pool and Ponds Forge in Sheffield.

There have been many events taking place in school such as orienteering and cycling where some of the pupils have learned how to ride independently.

An adventure activity day was also taken at Bradley Woods where the youngsters were able go on assault courses and try their hand at archery.