FORMER GB sprinterÂ Christian Malcolm visited schools in Wargrave to encourage youngsters to take up athletics.
FORMER GB sprinter Christian Malcolm visited schools in Wargrave to encourage youngsters to take up athletics.
The Welshman, who finished fifth in the 200m at the 2008 Olympic Games, led exercise classes at Robert Piggott junior and infant schools before answering questions from the children.
He also posed for pictures with youngsters and staff.
Malcolm, 36, who won two world championship bronze medals, was representing Team Superschools, which helps raise funds for schools through sport. The charity was founded in 2008 by Olympic champions Darren Campbell and Jason Gardener.
Malcolm said: “Everyone is well aware that the modern generation don’t exercise as much as we used to so every time we go to a school and promote exercise it matters.
“We are trying to bring young athletes through and create stars of the future. When kids do exercise like this they enjoy it and it’s good to do it together.
“We have to start them young so they get used to it and want to carry on as they get older.”
The event was organised by the schools’ parents association and the children were sponsored to take part in the day, with the money being split between the schools and charity.
Each pupil was given a pedometer and a chance to spend the day at Castle RoyleÂ country club.
Lucinda Bryers, who chairs the association, said: “They children loved it and it was brilliant to see them so hyped up about sport.”