Athlete Jenny shares Olympic vision

Wigan athlete Jenny Meadows was the guest of honour at the grand opening of St Joseph primary school's new playground.'Pictured with Jenny, left, are LtR: Anna, Ciaran and Ellie

Wigan athlete Jenny Meadows was the guest of honour at the grand opening of St Joseph primary school's new playground.'Pictured with Jenny, left, are LtR: Anna, Ciaran and Ellie

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A WIGAN athlete visited a local primary school to officially open its new playground and chat to children about the importance of sport.

Olympic athlete and 800m World Championship Silver medallist, Jenny Meadows officially opened the new Adventure Trim Trail at St Joseph’s RC Primary School, Leigh.

Paid for with money raised by the parents and teachers association, the trail includes climbing, balancing and swinging apparatus.

As an ambassador for the Wells Foundation, Jenny also held a question and answer session with the pupils.

Headteacher Anne McNally said: “This superb addition to our school grounds has only been made possible by such a generous donation from the Friends of St Joseph’s.

“The pupils and staff are extremely grateful to them for their enthusiasm and hard work in providing such a fantastic facility.”

Jenny is an ambassador for The Wells Foundation which was formed by Barrie Wells and sponsors approximately 18 world class athletes, who in return, visit schools to deliver activities and inspire young people to participate in sport and physical activity.

The visit was organised by Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust’s Sports Development Unit who work in partnership with the Well’s foundation.

Jenny said during her question and answer session with pupils: “I was seven and three quarters when I started running. I did sports day at school and realised I was pretty good so I joined Wigan Harriers.

“My teachers and my parents were always very supportive of me, so hopefully you can appreciate your mums, dads and teachers getting you into sport too. Sometimes people will see someone who’s bigger and taller than them and think ‘how am I going to compete against them?’

“I always think I will just do my best and quite often I end up finishing before them. It is important for young people to realise the sports people they see on the television are not super human. If they try their best they can achieve whatever they want.”

Jane Bent, WLCT Schools Sports Development Manager, said: “The main aim of Jenny’s visits to schools is to engage and inspire young people to participate in Sport and Physical activities as well as enjoying this experience. Once they’ve met Jenny they can go on to support her at the Olympics next year.”