Village primary school gets a visit from an Olympic gymnast

Gymnast Harry Owen ( 18 ), visited Guilsborough Primary School, on Thursday 23rd February.
Gymnast Harry Owen ( 18 ), visited Guilsborough Primary School, on Thursday 23rd February.
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PUPILS at a village primary school were given a rare insight into an Olympic athlete’s preparation last week.

Harry Owen, 18, who is part of Team Great Britain for the 2012 Olympics in London, called into Guilsborough Primary School last Thursday.

The children were treated to a gymnastic demonstration from Harry and they also enjoyed taking part in some sponsored exercises to raise money for the school.

The children quizzed the athlete about his professional training routine and were eager to ask the athlete questions about the upcoming games.

Headteacher Tony Henretty said: “One of the key aims about this is to get more young people excited and interested in taking part in sporting clubs.

“All of the children were really impressed by him.

“He was telling them that he does six hours worth of training every single day. He also talked to them about how important it is to have a healthy diet.

“They thought the demonstration of his gymnastic skills was fantastic, especially one part when he vaulted over three of the teachers. It could have been something that might have gone really wrong but it was spectacular.

“The children had an absolutely wonderful time.”

A final amount raised on the day for the school has not yet been revealed but the funds will go towards something to store the gym mats in at the school.