Friday, 12 October 2012
Children at two Grays schools had a chance for a close look at BMX riding skills on Friday (12 October).
They were among several schools from the borough which took part in the Sustrans Heroes scheme.
All pupils who submitted the booklet earned a Travel Thurrock Reflective spoke badge and the schools with the most outstanding completed Sustrans Heroes booklets won a Flatland BMX display by Inspire promotions.
They were Deneholm and Woodside primaries where the pupils watched in awe as national champion Lee Mussellwhite showed off his skills.
Sustrans Heroes is one of the projects granted the London 2012 Inspire mark, the badge of the programme which recognises exceptional and innovative projects inspired by the Games.
Heroes ran in the lead-up to the big event and gave pupils an opportunity to see how the Olympic and Paralympic values relate to their daily life, while promoting the positive health, environmental and economical benefits of cycling.
It encouraged children to celebrate the Games through completing a number of cycle-related tasks and activities in order to achieve a bronze, silver or gold award.
The booklet for the challenge had seven sections each relating to one of the seven Olympic or Paralympic Values.
Photo caption: Lee Mussellwhite in action at Woodside on Friday.
Woodside Primary School is building on the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics to extend its already extensive programme of sports and activities for children.
This term the school has added a cycling club, archery and handball to a list which now totals 50 regular clubs.
Woodside has been involved in the Sustrans Bike-It scheme for some time, winning the Bronze Bike Award in 2010 and in the lead up to the Olympics it took part in the Sustrans Heroes scheme.
Earlier last week Woodside pupils visited the Olympic Mountain Bike venue at Hadleigh Farm.
Headteacher Edward Caines said "We promote cycling because it keeps children fit and is good for the environment but we also believe the engagement we get from children because of all the activities we offer is one of the reasons we get good academic results."