A NEW school initiative was given the thumbs-up by a Commonwealth Games gold medallist and former Olympian.
Swimmer Chris Cook, who stole the show in the pool at the 2006 Manchester Commonwealth Games with two gold medals, visited Manor College of Technology, in Hartlepool, yesterday.
There, Chris who also competed at the 2004 Athens Olympic Games, launched the new Be The Best You Can Be programme.
The new Olympic legacy scheme will be delivered to Year 8 students at the school and is designed to inspire them to achieve their goals and raise aspirations.
Chris said: “Manor is a lovely school and it was a wonderful opportunity to help and support students to achieve their goals.
“I hope that the launch day and the Be The Best You Can Be programme inspires the students to succeed in any field they choose.”
A school spokesman said: “Chris is a fantastic speaker and very inspirational so he was ideal to launch the programme.
“He talked about how he became an Olympian and the sacrifices he had to make and all of the students seemed to get a real buzz out of the day.”
A celebration event will be held in the summer term for the Year 8 pupils who are part of the programme.