British athletes inspire Park Primary School pupils ahead of 2018 Anniversary Games
PUBLISHED: 10:00 27 June 2018
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Two of Great Britain’s leading athletics stars marked one month to go until this year’s Müller Anniversary Games by inspiring the next generation at a school close to the London Stadium.
World T44 long jump champion Stef Reid and British 100 metre champion Reece Prescod both visited Park Primary School in Newham on Thursday, where the two athletes led an active session with the school’s pupils.
During the visit Reid and Prescod – who is from Walthamstow, less than five miles from the school – put the pupils through their paces with a series of circuit-style exercises on a pop-up athletics track, with the morning’s action serving to encourage pupils of all sporting abilities to challenge themselves.
“It was really good, it was obviously my first time being part of something like this, but it was nice to have the kids there and show them a few different things,” Prescod said.
“A lot of kids see athletes on TV and don’t really get to speak to them, so to actually come down it was a good opportunity for them and me. It reminds me of why I do my sport and motivates me.”
The 22-year-old Prescod had recently beaten world champion Justin Gatlin and Andre de Grasse for a 100m Diamond League victory to put his name on the map ahead of the Games.
“Sport has always been my outcome, sport is definitely the best thing for me, and I feel like you learn so many different life lessons in sport,” he added.
“I’d rather kids be outside doing something or playing football rather than being indoors playing games.”
The 33-year-old Reid is a multiple medal winner at European and World level, with her most notable success coming at the Paralympic Games at Beijing and London where she won a silver in the long jump (2012) and was also pleased to be involved.
“The kids are great, you could see from the start there was such a desire to want to learn and do well,” Reid said. “They didn’t just want to come participate, they were really eager for instructions, so that was just great to see.”
The Müller Anniversary Games, a fantastic family day out, will feature the world’s biggest athletics stars in action at the London Stadium on July 21-22. Tickets are available via britishathletics.org.uk.