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Young Barking and Dagenham athletes go for gold as Olympian medallist raises the flag

PUBLISHED: 17:23 16 June 2015 | UPDATED: 17:31 16 June 2015

Olympic gold medallist Duncan Goodhew MBE

Olympic gold medallist Duncan Goodhew MBE

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A former Olympian brought a stroke of inspiration to hundreds of budding athletes today (Tuesday) at their biggest sporting event of the year.

Olympic gold medallist Duncan Goodhew MBE opened the schools' sports day at the Jim Peters Stadium. Here he is shown with budding athletes from George Carey Church of England Primary School.Olympic gold medallist Duncan Goodhew MBE opened the schools' sports day at the Jim Peters Stadium. Here he is shown with budding athletes from George Carey Church of England Primary School.

The 1980 breaststroke gold medallist Duncan Goodhew paid a visit to Dagenham’s Jim Peters Stadium to raise the flag on 400 primary school children.

Future Mo Farahs and Jessica Ennises went head to head in the school games quad kids athletics championships, put on by the Barking and Dagenham School Sports Partnership.

“It was a pleasure to open the event to budding athletes,” said the sporting legend, who regaled the Year 3 and 4 pupils with the highs and lows of his sporting career before they competed in track events, long jump and a javelin-style throw, as well as an afternoon of relay races.

“This partnership provides a great opportunity for children to enjoy a range of sporting activities while keeping a smile on their faces.

“Who knows, one day, we may see of these children with a gold medal around their necks,” he added.

The Olympic torch bearer is a supporter of Premier Sport, the UK’s leading provider of physical education and sports coaching services to schools, whose mission is to inspire young people through PE, sport and physical activity.

Tomorrow (Thursday), an additional 400 pupils from Years 5 and 6 will take part in the sports day, which features a performance of the traditional New Zealand haka dance.

To find out more about the partnership, go to www.barkinganddagenhamssp.co.uk


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