Students are inspired by Olympic stars

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Ashington pupils have been ensuring the Olympic legacy lives on by meeting some of the stars of London 2012.

Students from Ashington High School’s sports college rubbed shoulders with Olympic champion Tim Baillie at Newcastle Racecourse.

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

Following the event, Becca Oxby is planning to host a football tournament at the school.

The 13-year-old said: “It was fun doing all the activities and I think we learned a lot. Natalie and Tim were really inspirational.

“We have also got an idea for our project now as a football tournament to get families together. I think bringing everyone together is the most important thing we can do.”

Canoe slalom double champion Baillie said: “The Olympics and Paralympics were a massive success.

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

Through GSTMC, the British Olympic Foundation, in conjunction with the British Paralympic Association is using the spirit of the London Games to re-inspire young people across the UK.

The project is being supported by a £2.5m grant from the Big Lottery Fund’s Keeping the Spirit of 2012 Alive campaign.