Inspirational Olympian meets Hadleigh pupils

RUNNING THE SHOW: Former Olympic athlete Derek Redmond met Hadleigh High School pupils as part of their build-up to the London 2012 games.
RUNNING THE SHOW: Former Olympic athlete Derek Redmond met Hadleigh High School pupils as part of their build-up to the London 2012 games.

OLYMPIC fever hit Hadleigh High School this week as the famous runner and Olympian Derek Redmond visited students to get them in the mood for next month’s London games.

The retired British athlete competed in the 1992 Barcelona Olympics and was famously helped to the finish line by his father after suffering an injury during the race.

He later went on to become an international basketball player and is now a coach and public speaker.

Redmond was shown around the Highland Road school and spent time with the pupils discussing his Olympic feats.

Headteacher Caroline Gibson said his visit was part of the build up to London 2012.

She said: “‘We were really fortunate to have Derek visit our school.

“The inspirational stories and anecdotes he shared were very well received by our pupils who recognise and appreciate the Olympic values of excellence, friendship, respect, equality, courage and determination.”

The 46-year-old runner held the British record for the 400 metres, and won medals in World and European Championships, as well as the Commonwealth Games, for his 4x400 metre relays.