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Burley Oaks primary pupils relive Olympic magic on themed day
Children at Burley Oaks Primary School revelled in the Olympic legacy as they were joined by local sporting faces and Team GB athletes.
The whole school enjoyed an Olympic-themed day, joined by 2012 Games athletes, Bradford City footballers, Ilkley’s torch bearer Margaret Cook, Emily Corbett, a games maker, and Andy Flood, one of the chief organisers of the Games’ opening ceremonies.
The sponsored event was run through a company called Sports for Schools and was aimed at continuing the inspiration started by the summer Olympics.
One of their guest’s included 100m and 200m sprinter Umar Hameed, 23, who trains in Leeds and competes for Pakistan, where he is ranked second.
He narrowly missed out on competing in the Olympics this year after breaking his ankle but hopes to compete in the next Games.
He said: “I’ve been trying to inspire the children in the legacy of the Olympics. They asked me why I do it and I replied it is because of the feeling of doing something I love and enjoy and striving to achieve something.
“I have trained with Usain Bolt on a training camp in Jamaica and got a bit of advice off him. I think it’s really important we do inspire a generation and do more things like this in schools and show them what they can achieve as well.”
In the morning the pupils took part in a sponsored fitness session with Team GB gymnast Matthew Firth, who then led an assembly.
Later, the youngsters were able to quiz guests, who also included diver in the junior Team GB squad Matthew Lee, about their involvement in the Olympics and ask them what they have done and need to keep doing to be a professional sports person.
Bradford City footballers including Nahki Wells, Kyel Reid, Will Atkinson and Ritchie Jones also chatted to the children and answered questions.
Mr Reid said: “It’s been really good and we’ve been faced with some difficult questions between us, like how long is a football pitch and how many times have you kicked a football.”
Ilkley torch bearer, Margaret Cook, showed the children her torch and signed some of her first autographs.
Money raised from the day is being split between the school, the Action for Children charity and towards helping Team GB athletes with training costs.
Pupil Polly Bridges, nine, said: “I have got two autographs and got to meet some amazing athletes. It has changed the way I see my goals.”