Olympic medal winner in town

Olympic hockey bronze medal winner Nicola White with Eldon Grove Primary School pupils (left to right) George Eeles, James Miller and William Eeles

Olympic hockey bronze medal winner Nicola White with Eldon Grove Primary School pupils (left to right) George Eeles, James Miller and William Eeles

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AN OLYMPIC medal-winning hockey player relived her experience of the London Games at a visit to a town primary school.

Nicola White was one of the members of the Great Britain women’s hockey team who beat New Zealand to secure a fantastic bronze medal at this summer’s Olympics.

The 24-year-old forward from Oldham made the trip to Eldon Grove Primary School, in Hartlepool, proudly clutching her bronze medal.

Staff at the school were delighted to welcome Nicola and said the children were left inspired.

Audrey Brahimi, assistant headteacher at the school, said: “It was an absolutely lovely day, it was a pleasure to have Nicola in school.

“She explained to the youngsters about how her talent was displayed at an early age and how it was nurtured as she grew up.

“For the youngsters to hear that is great because that’s the message that we try to relay to the children, that anything is possible and if they work hard they can achieve their goals.”

Mrs Brahimi said staff were just as thrilled as the youngsters to get the chance to listen to Nicola as she looked back on her Olympic summer.

And after listening to her as she relived the magical two weeks in the capital, staff and children also got the chance to hold the bronze medal.

She added: “The children were all aware of the importance of the Olympics in the summer and thoroughly enjoyed it.

“So for them to get the chance to meet and listen to one of the heroes from the Games was fantastic, the staff were just as excited as the children.

“We have had an Olympic torchbearer visiting the school but this was the first Olympian.

“She was absolutely lovely with the children who were all inspired after listening to Nicola.”

“Visits like this help to create the Olympic legacy and help the children to realise that anything is possible if they work hard.”

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