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Javelin star visits after Rise Park school students throw her an invitation

PUBLISHED: 12:00 16 June 2012

Fatima Whitbread  visitng Rise Park Primary School   Connie Smith, age17 Fatima Whitbread, and Katie Anderson, age17

Fatima Whitbread visitng Rise Park Primary School Connie Smith, age17 Fatima Whitbread, and Katie Anderson, age17

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Lucky youngsters were honoured with a visit from Olympic silver medallist Fatima Whitbread after two students wrote a letter inviting her to the school.

The former world javelin record holder stopped off at Rise Park Junior School in Annan Way, Rise Park, on Monday.

Headteacher Kate Sisman said: “The children were so excited about meeting Fatima – a world-class athlete who is a real inspiration to youngsters to take up sport.”

Fatima spent the day talking to pupils about her inspirational achievements before taking part in a PE lesson which included parachute games, relay races, dodgeball and other activities.

In April, students Connie Smith and Katie Anderson, both 11, wrote to the Olympian. A week after receiving the letter, Fatima called the school to say that she would be delighted to visit.

Fatima is also supporting a campaign by David Lloyd Leisure centre to encourage youngsters to take part in regular exercise.

Sarah Hobbs, head of sports, health and leisure at David Lloyd Leisure, said: “We believe that if children form strong habits to be active then they will continue as they get older and supporting families to this end is what we do.”

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