Olympic cyclist Rob Hayles visits to give pupils insight into his career

Olympic cyclist Rob Hayles with Nursery children

Olympic cycling legend and former world champion Rob Hayles was a very special guest of the Junior School this week when he came in to talk to our pupils about his career.

During assembly, the three-time Olympic medalist spoke about his progression from getting into cycling at the age of 12 through to competing in the sport at the very highest level.

Olympic cyclist Rob Hayles in Q&A sessionAnd as well as being captivated by his story, the children were amazed to see his bike and feel how light it was – but even more excited to see his silver and bronze medals.

Afterwards, Rob visited our nursery and infant classes before spending an hour with our year six pupils, where a question and answer session gave them a unique insight into the life of an Olympic athlete.

Lauren Suddards in Y5J came away inspired from Rob’s visit:

I thought it was great that he let us hold his medals and talked to us about all his equipment.  I enjoyed getting his autograph. 

As did Y6T’s Shaun Zizinga-Jones:

I loved it and liked the fact that we could ask questions that you would never normally get the chance to ask. It was really interesting to hear how an Olympic athlete trains.

Although Rob retired from cycling last year, he has continued his career in coaching and broadcasting, and will be at this summer’s London Olympics to commentate on the sport for BBC Radio 5 Live.

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