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Olympian Ohuruogu inspires pupils during school visit

PUBLISHED: 13:51 29 November 2013 | UPDATED: 14:22 29 November 2013

Olympic athlete Christine Ohurugu with kids from Roman road primary school

Olympic athlete Christine Ohurugu with kids from Roman road primary school

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Olympic champion Christine Ohuruogo visited Roman Road primary school today to speak to pupils about never giving up on their dreams.

Olympic athlete Christine Ohurugu with Ashish, Alise and Steven from Roman road primary schoolOlympic athlete Christine Ohurugu with Ashish, Alise and Steven from Roman road primary school

She held two assemblies in order to speak to most of the school, telling them that people do not see all the hard work that goes in to winning medals and explaining what inspired her to become an athlete.

Christine, who grew up in Newham, won gold in the 400m at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and silver in her home city four years later.

She brought her Olympic medals, as well as her gold medal from this year’s world championships in Moscow, which she allowed pupils from the school, in Roman Road, to try on.

Headteacher Asif Mahmood said: “It’s fantastic that the children can see someone that grew up in the same area that they have who went on to be a gold medallist.

“She was a really nice lady; she wanted to put something back into the community.”

He explained that the visit was set up after Christine contacted the school, asking if she could come along and speak to the pupils.

Mr Mahmood added: “It was really inspiring for the staff as well as the children.”


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