Olympian inspires Academy pupils

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Pupils at Skegness Academy are ensuring the London 2012 legacy lives on after rubbing shoulders with Olympic canoe slalom champion Tim Baillie in Leeds.

A handful of pupils attended a Get Set to Make a Change workshop in Leeds where they were given expert advice from London 2012 gold medallist Baillie and former Paralympic champion Natalie Jones.

They were also offered support and ideas to plan a community project as the scheme bids to encourage people to come together, using the Olympic and Paralympic Games as their inspiration.

Maddison Brock was one of those Skegness Academy pupils and, after meeting Baillie and Jones in the flesh, she is now bursting with ideas for their plan to help the community.

“We haven’t thought of an idea yet but we definitely have a lot of things to think about. Our idea will involve local schools because it’s important to get to know everyone in your community and to bring it together,” the 18-year-old said.

“Tim and Natalie gave us a talk about how they became successful and it was really inspirational. They’re really nice people as well, they are not arrogant which you think they might be – they’re very down to earth.”

Canoe slalom double champion Baillie, said: “The Olympics and Paralympics were a massive success and really cool from my point of view, but also the country as a whole.”

“As Britons, we are tremendously proud of our values and we all saw that with the country as a whole last summer being a really positive place. And we need to keep that going as much as possible.”