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British athletes visit Thetford primary school to inspire the next generation

PUBLISHED: 16:14 16 March 2018 | UPDATED: 12:54 17 March 2018

Sprinter Deji Tobais held fun exercise sessions with pupils at the Admirals Academy in Thetford. Picture: Ian Burt

Sprinter Deji Tobais held fun exercise sessions with pupils at the Admirals Academy in Thetford. Picture: Ian Burt

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A buzz of excitement filled the corridors as two British athletes visited a Thetford primary school for a fun-filled day of activities.

Sprinter Deji Tobais held fun exercise sessions with pupils at the Admirals Academy in Thetford. Picture: Ian BurtSprinter Deji Tobais held fun exercise sessions with pupils at the Admirals Academy in Thetford. Picture: Ian Burt

Admirals Academy welcomed 100m and 200m sprinter Deji Tobais and para-athlete long jumper Ryan Raghoo who were met with enthusiasm from pupils.

The youngsters were put through their paces with a number of indoor and outdoor sessions held by the athletes.

This included relays and sprint exercises which saw the children working in teams.

Pupil Michael Dixon said the experience was “amazing”.

Sprinter Deji Tobais held fun exercise sessions with pupils at the Admirals Academy in Thetford. Picture: Ian BurtSprinter Deji Tobais held fun exercise sessions with pupils at the Admirals Academy in Thetford. Picture: Ian Burt

The nine-year-old said: “My favourite part was the races. I have learnt how to have good sportsmanship and friendships by playing with other people I would not normally been playing with.”

The youngsters were also treated to an assembly where both athletes explained their sporting stories and motivations.

Mr Raghoo, a British record holder in the T-36 long jump, has cerebral palsy and said his goal with the school visits is to inspire children.

Para-athlete and long jumper Ryan Raghoo talking to Admirals Academy pupils in Thetford. Picture: Ian BurtPara-athlete and long jumper Ryan Raghoo talking to Admirals Academy pupils in Thetford. Picture: Ian Burt

He said: “Growing up I did not have anyone from my background with a disability going into schools. Most young people will not know about my disability.

“It allows me to break down their barriers to disability and teach them that anything is possible. My goal is to inspire them in life. It shows the pupils that someone has made it against the odds.”

Sprinter Deji Tobais held fun exercise sessions with pupils at the Admirals Academy in Thetford. Picture: Ian BurtSprinter Deji Tobais held fun exercise sessions with pupils at the Admirals Academy in Thetford. Picture: Ian Burt

Year five teacher Amy Jackson said the pupils have been inspired by the visit of the athletes, which was organised through Athletes IN Schools.

“It has created quite a buzz,” she said. “I think it is really lovely that the whole school has taken part. A lot of them have said they want to take up an Olympic sport. This is what you remember from school.

Sprinter Deji Tobais held fun exercise sessions with pupils at the Admirals Academy in Thetford. Picture: Ian BurtSprinter Deji Tobais held fun exercise sessions with pupils at the Admirals Academy in Thetford. Picture: Ian Burt

“The assembly was fantastic. Everyone was engaged and no one made a sound. Ryan’s story had a massive affect on the pupils.”

The athletes also held an autograph signing session for the pupils.

“I like coming to schools because I feel like it is a change for me to relay my experiences and a change to give back,” said Mr Tobais, who was a 100m silver medallist and 4x100m relay champion in the 2013 European Under-23 Championships.

Sprinter Deji Tobais held fun exercise sessions with pupils at the Admirals Academy in Thetford. Picture: Ian BurtSprinter Deji Tobais held fun exercise sessions with pupils at the Admirals Academy in Thetford. Picture: Ian Burt

“I’ve done it for three or four years. I want to inspire the next generation.”

Sprinter Deji Tobais held fun exercise sessions with pupils at the Admirals Academy in Thetford. Picture: Ian BurtSprinter Deji Tobais held fun exercise sessions with pupils at the Admirals Academy in Thetford. Picture: Ian Burt

Sprinter Deji Tobais held fun exercise sessions with pupils at the Admirals Academy in Thetford. Picture: Ian BurtSprinter Deji Tobais held fun exercise sessions with pupils at the Admirals Academy in Thetford. Picture: Ian Burt

Sprinter Deji Tobais held fun exercise sessions with pupils at the Admirals Academy in Thetford. Picture: Ian BurtSprinter Deji Tobais held fun exercise sessions with pupils at the Admirals Academy in Thetford. Picture: Ian Burt

Sprinter Deji Tobais held fun exercise sessions with pupils at the Admirals Academy in Thetford. Picture: Ian BurtSprinter Deji Tobais held fun exercise sessions with pupils at the Admirals Academy in Thetford. Picture: Ian Burt

Sprinter Deji Tobais held fun exercise sessions with pupils at the Admirals Academy in Thetford. Picture: Ian BurtSprinter Deji Tobais held fun exercise sessions with pupils at the Admirals Academy in Thetford. Picture: Ian Burt

Sprinter Deji Tobais held fun exercise sessions with pupils at the Admirals Academy in Thetford. Picture: Ian BurtSprinter Deji Tobais held fun exercise sessions with pupils at the Admirals Academy in Thetford. Picture: Ian Burt

Para-athlete Ryan Raghoo talking to Admirals Academy pupils in Thetford. Picture: Ian BurtPara-athlete Ryan Raghoo talking to Admirals Academy pupils in Thetford. Picture: Ian Burt

T-36 long jumper Ryan Raghoo talking to Admirals Academy pupils in Thetford. Picture: Ian BurtT-36 long jumper Ryan Raghoo talking to Admirals Academy pupils in Thetford. Picture: Ian Burt

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