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Great Britain athlete Serita tells primary school pupils to rush out and try a sport!

PUBLISHED: 14:00 14 February 2018

Serita Solomon (centre) with year three pupils Macie Grodent, Luca Pipera, Ollie Mercer and Georgie Sullivain (Pic: Jacob Ranson)

Serita Solomon (centre) with year three pupils Macie Grodent, Luca Pipera, Ollie Mercer and Georgie Sullivain (Pic: Jacob Ranson)

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Great Britain athlete Serita Solomon and London Lions basketball star Joseph Ikhinmwin paid Rush Green Primary School a special visit to help inspire youngsters to get active.

The pair spoke to the entire school and got all the pupils involved in a circuit in the Dagenham Road-based school’s sports hall as part of one of the Sports for Schools campaigns.

British track and field athlete Solomon said: “I thought it was brilliant, the kids were really engaged, Joe’s assembly was awesome and I think they were really inspired.

“The message from School Sports is to not just get them to do the sport of the star that we bring it, it’s just to try getting them involved in some sort of sport to help them get fit, healthy, enjoy it and make friends.

“It’s about getting out and getting active as not many kids are that active these days, not that just that but to get them to chase their dreams, that may not be sports it may be academically and to teach them they’ll be hurdles in life and they have to keep getting up and trying.”

Solomon, who bagged a bronze medal in the 60 metres hurdles at the European Athletics Indoor Championships in Prague in 2015, has been involved in the campaign since 2012 and is hoping her achievements can help motivate children to get involved in sports.

“I’ve been with sports in schools since 2012, an athlete friend of mine introduced me to the company and it’s something I’ve been really passionate about ever since,” the 27-year-old said.

“I actually visited the school as the athlete last year and throughout the day kids kept coming up to me and saying you’re Serita Solomon, you’re the hurdler and I was thinking you actually remembered me and my message that means.

“I’ve obviously made an impact and that’s important to me as I want to get kids inspired and active.”

Solomon believes it’s important to let children see that they also started off their careers from nothing.

“I think it’s important to just let the kids see that the people they see on the TV are real people and came from the same environment they did.

“I like to show them I didn’t start as a professional, I started at their age.”

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