Gallery: Commonwealth champion inspires Kesgrave pupils

A MEDAL-winning gymnast passed on some top tips to youngsters during a visit to their school.

Luke Folwell, who reached the pinnacle of his career when he won two golds and three silvers at the 2010 Commonwealth Games, dropped in at Heath Primary School, in Bell Lane, Kesgrave, on Monday.

The pupils have welcomed a host of top athletes into their gymnasium over the past two years as part of their Wall of Challenge, which was launched by teachers Janette Newbould and Richard Bevan to encourage youngsters to feel more connected to the 2012 games.

Mr Bevan said: “Luke spoke to the whole school, from Years 2 to 6 and gave a demonstration.

“He told them how he started young and how his brothers were also gymnasts. The children were overwhelmed by him and the information he gave them. He inspired them to take up a sport, whether it is gymnastics or something else.

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“He told them to try every sport until they find something they succeed at.”

The gymnast spoke to the children about his rigorous training regime and the sacrifices he has had to make to achieve his goals.

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“He told them the pinnacle of his career was going to India to compete in the Delhi games.”

Luke Folwell also shared some words of wisdom with the school’s very own up and coming gymnast, 10-year-old Alicia Pryke.

Earlier this year each of the 450 youngsters wrote their dream for the future on a ceramic tile which was then mounted on a wall in the playground.

They invited their guest athlete to share their vision for 2012 and he wrote: “I am going to join in and train to my maximum level to give me every opportunity of achieving my dream of representing Great Britain at London 2012.”

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