Students meet up with Olympic hero

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Northumberland College students got the chance to put their questions to an Olympic hero last week.

Rowing great Sir Steve Redgrave met the students as part of a fundraising golf day.

Sir Steve is one of Britain’s greatest sports stars, winning six Olympic medals from 1984 to 2000 – five of which were consecutive golds.

He was in the region to take part in a day organised in aid of COCO, the international children’s charity founded by fellow athlete Steve Cram.

Northumberland Sport worked with Steve Cram to provide two college students with the opportunity of meeting and putting questions to Sir Steve about what motivated him to take up competitive sport.

The students were selected to be a part of the event due to the commitment they have shown to the Northumberland Sport partnership during the year as ‘sport makers’.

The students have supported various sporting events such as the Race for Life at Northumberlandia and the Kielder Marathon.

Roles have included acting as event volunteers, marshals and stewards.

Claire Prime, 19, from Ashington, who studies sport and exercise sciences at the college, said: “Getting to meet such a successful sporting hero was a great opportunity and something I will never forget.”

Simon Chalk, programme area lead for sport at Northumberland College, said: “Behind every sporting event are volunteers, who help to make successful sports events happen.”

“The Sport Makers, initiative helps people to develop new skills puts them in touch with sporting organisations and clubs.”