Paralympian enthrals pupils

Inspiring ... Paralympic athlete Brian Aldiss presents Acton Primary School pupils with a certificate as members of the Get Set network.
Inspiring ... Paralympic athlete Brian Aldiss presents Acton Primary School pupils with a certificate as members of the Get Set network.

YEAR 3 pupils at Acton Primary School enjoyed a visit from a Paralympic athlete on Thursday.

Brian Aldiss, a London 2012 Paralympic hopeful from Bury St Edmunds, presented the school with a plaque and certificate as part of their membership of the Get Set network.

The school is one of only 25 in Suffolk to have received the honour, which is awarded to schools who show commitment to Olympic values and education.

Class teacher Vanessa Rawlings said: “The children have been working on a project about the Olympics and Paralympics all year, and did an assembly presentation to the whole school on the day.”

Mr Aldiss is mentored by Dame Tanni Grey-Thompson, who encouraged him to switch from wheelchair racing to hand racing.

He spoke to pupils and staff about his training and showed how he used his wheelchair to race.

Mrs Rawlings said: “He said he had never had so many children ask so many interesting and probing questions – they were absolutely enthralled.”