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Friday, 29 May 2015

Highfield go top of the Heap

PUPILS at Prudhoe’s Highfield Middle School got their hands on gold medals from the Commonwealth Games.

Former international gymnast Craig Heap, a Commonwealth champion in both 1998 and 2002, visited the Tynedale school as part of the Sky Sports Living for Sport initiative.

The scheme uses famous names in the world of sports to visit children across the country to help them get into sport and develop new skills.

Heap spent the entire day at Highfield, working with three separate groups before taking the assembly for all pupils.

He worked with an active writing group for boys who use sport to improve their writing skills, before giving a questions and answers session with the sports leaders at the school.

A group of Year 5 girls were then inspired as the former Great Britain and England representative ran a gymnastics session.

Heap’s visit drove home to the pupils the school’s theme of pride for the year.

PE teacher June Lomax said: “It was a very inspirational visit and Craig showed the children his gold medals from Kuala Lumpar in 1998 and Manchester in 2002.

“He told them never to give up on their dreams and to be proud of what they are able to do, so that fitted in with our theme.

“Craig is very flexible and quite bendy, so it was great for the children to see a world class athlete in action.”