Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 16°C

min temp: 13°C

ESTD 1874 Search

The pigs have arrived. See the latest

Pigs Gone Wild

news here.

Mildenhall: Olympic gold-winning sprinter Darren Campbell visits school

08:49 20 March 2014

Former Olympic sprinter, Darren Campbell, was at Great Heath Primary School in Mildenhall.

Former Olympic sprinter, Darren Campbell, was at Great Heath Primary School in Mildenhall.

Archant

A former Olympic gold medal-winning athlete has captivated the minds of schoolchildren with a masterclass in sprinting.

Darren Campbell won the top prize at the 2004 Athens Olympics as part of the GB Team which raced to victory in the 4x100m relay.

The sprinter, now part of the coaching staff at Cardiff City FC, visited Great Heath Primary School in Mildenhall to talk with the children.

Headteacher Steven Vincent said his visit was inspiring not only for the pupils but teachers as well. He said: “It was brilliant, absolutely fantastic; we were blown away to have him here. It was really good for the children who loved it – it’s not every day you get an Olympic athlete come to school.

“He gave an assembly about raising aspirations and not giving up and that’s a focus for a lot of us in this area – thinking about aspirations and what children can achieve.”

After the assembly Mr Campbell gave sprinting tips to a group of about 40 pupils – including children from Mildenhall College Academy.

The visit was made possible by Ian Jackson, sports development manager for Forest Heath Sports Partnership. He said: “Darren was asked a few questions in the assembly and he thoroughly enjoyed it and it was not just him – it was the adults and kids too – it was fantastic. It was a lot of fun and those taking part got a lot out of it.”

PE co-ordinators from schools in the area were also invited to get advice from their counterparts in west Suffolk.

0 comments

Video: Tornado spotted in Suffolk

Yesterday, 19:05
Tornado spotted in Old Newton. Picture: Emma Cobbold

A mid-Suffolk resident has spoken of the “surreal” moment she spotted a tornado as she drove through the county this evening (Tuesday).

Victim of fatal road incident named

Police have named the man who died in a crash on the A12 at Wangford on Sunday.

Michael Murdon, from Woolpit

Police are appealing for help to find a missing man from Woolpit who may be in Felixstowe.

Television personality Cathy McGowan came to Ipswich in February 1967

Opening in 1967, Fanny was the first boutique to open in Ipswich, writes David Kindred,

A man has been charged after this crash on East Mersea Road between a bus and a low-loader lorry which was carrying a steam engine.

A man has been charged with six counts of causing serious injury by dangerous driving after a crash involving a bus and a lorry.

Sebastian Beaumont-Hewitt and Tobey Bloomfield.

Beaver Scouts in Ipswich celebrate 30th anniversary in swine style.

Most read

Great Days Out

cover

Click here to view
the Great Days Out
supplement

View

Most commented

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Streetlife

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Great British Life

Great British Life
MyDate24 MyPhotos24