Former Olympic sprinter inspires children

SPORT FOR ALL: Retired sprinter John Regis MBE visited Boxford Primary School this week. He is pictured with, from left, English rugby star Emily Scott, pupils Oliver Townsend, Jacob Fenner, Daisy Hammer and Erin Barbrook, and former rugby player Ralph Henderson.
SPORT FOR ALL: Retired sprinter John Regis MBE visited Boxford Primary School this week. He is pictured with, from left, English rugby star Emily Scott, pupils Oliver Townsend, Jacob Fenner, Daisy Hammer and Erin Barbrook, and former rugby player Ralph Henderson.

CHILDREN got the chance to see and touch real Olympic medals this week – not to mention the chance to meet the wearer – when retired English sprinter and Olympic medallist John Regis MBE visited their school.

Pupils at Boxford Primary School welcomed the athlete as part of a special day about the Olympics and to promote participation in sport.

Prior to his visit, the children had watched a video of the sprinter in the 1991 World Championship 4x400 metre race when the British team, including Roger Black and Kriss Akabusi, won the day.

During his career, Regis set the British 200 metres record in 1994, and he won a silver medal in the 1988 Seoul Games, and bronze at the 1992 Barcelona Games.

Joining Regis on the visit were Emily Scott, ladies England rugby player, and Ralph Henderson, an ex-international rugby player.

Headteacher Rob Giles said: “John showed the children some of his medals and talked to them about his career, and what inspired him to become an athlete.

“I hope the children had an experience they will remember for a very long time.”