Saturday, 31 July 2021

School launch "Road to Rio" challenge

OLYMPIC rower Polly Swann launched a “Road to Rio” challenge at a Henley school

OLYMPIC rower Polly Swann launched a “Road to Rio” challenge at a Henley school.

Pupils at Sacred Heart primary aim to walk, run, row, cycle and swim a total of 5,700 miles — the distance to Rio de Janeiro, where this year’s Olympic Games will be held.

They will clock up the miles on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays before school and hope to complete the distance before their sports day on June 17.

Swann, fresh from winning a gold medal with the GB women’s eight at the European championships in Germany, got the challenge under way at the school’s May fair on Friday.

She said: “It’s great to see the kids getting active and they are really enthusiastic. I’m here to inspire them but it really inspires me them being so enthusiastic about the Olympics.

“It’s lovely to see people excited about the Games. It makes me feel they’re really here. During the long, cold winters they felt so long away.”

Headteacher Gez Davis said: “Henley’s a sporty town and we’re a sporty school, so we take part in every event we can get.” The fair, which raised £4,780, featured a barbecue, cake stall, bouncy castle, bottle tombola, an auction of promises and a sponge-the-teacher game.

Static bikes and ergos were loaned by Athlete Service. Visitors could donate to Henley’s Light House food bank.

The proceeds will go towards improving the school playground.

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