Harry inspires Christ Church children

Published on: 28 May 2016


COMMONWEALTH Games gymnast Harry Owen visited Christ Church Junior School in Downend to inspire the children about exercise.
Harry, who competed for Wales in the Glasgow Games in 2014, worked with all 10 classes on a fun, physical session.
He then spoke at a  a whole school assembly about his gym training, diet, achievements and career so far.
This was followed by a demonstration of some amazing gymnastic moves - including a flip over children and teachers who were lying down.
It was all part of a PE themed day organised by teacher Rachel Harris to learn more about why exercise is important and the benefits of a healthy diet.
Pupils at CCJ raised more than £2,500 for the event, with those who collected the most money receiving signed photos or posters.
Forty per cent of the total will go towards supporting Harry, who was a bronze medallist in the Junior Commonwealth Games in 2011, and other athletes who are a part of the  Sports for Champions  scheme. This is a programme that allows sportsmen and women to visit schools and spread awareness of exercise and commitment to sport.
The rest goes to the school, and Miss Harris, PE co-ordinator at CCJ, is deciding how best to spend it.
She said: “Staff at CCJ cannot believe how much money the children raised for both Sports for Champions and for the school.
"We are overwhelmed by families and friends’ generosity and support for this event and we’re so pleased the children enjoyed it. Everyone at CCJ is extremely thankful and we look forward to spending the money!”

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