Olympic star inspires pupils

Nicola White shows her bronze medal to pupils at Dyke House Sports & Technology College

Nicola White shows her bronze medal to pupils at Dyke House Sports & Technology College

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AN Olympic medal-winning hockey star has inspired dozens more Hartlepool youngsters to get active.

Nicola White visited pupils at Dyke House Sports & Technology College on Wednesday and put them through their paces on behalf of the British Heart Foundation (BHF).

It was her second engagement in town after appearing at Eldon Grove Primary School on Tuesday.

Nicola’s Dyke House itinerary included giving an inspiring talk in assembly before a launch event for the school’s new sports science block, with games and sports challenges for pupils and staff.

She said: “Not everyone can be an Olympic or Paralympic medallist, but we can all succeed if we have a dream and the belief to achieve it. The most important thing is to find something you love doing and enjoy the challenge of becoming the best you can be.”

Sarah Ashton, spokeswoman for the British Heart Foundation, said: “It is our mission to get kids active and thinking about their heart health from an early age.”

Andrew Jordon, the head at Dyke House Sports & Technology College, said “Thanks to the BHF, Nicola’s visit has created a real buzz. The assembly and challenge event for opening the new sport science block have really fired up staff and pupils alike to get involved in physical activity.“

Teachers and pre-school staff are encouraged to register their interest for free training sessions and take a look at the free resources at bhf.org.uk/schools