Visit from Olympic canoeist inspires pupils to get more active

Pupils at a London primary school have been visited by an Olympic gold medallist as part of a scheme to inspire children to be more active.

Joe Clarke, a slalom canoeist, visited Riversdale Primary School to discuss how he made history at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, when he won gold in the men’s K1 event for Team GB.

His visit was organised by the Active Kids Do Better programme, which helps teachers find ways to get pupils to be more active before, during and after school through training days, workshops and online resources.

“Our pupils absolutely loved having Joe Clarke here. He gave an insight into how he has been inspired and how he hopes to inspire others to follow their dreams and achieve the very best that they can,” said Jason Dass, a teacher at Riversdale Primary. “The kids got a lot out of that and they loved seeing his gold medal.”

“Sport has given me so much and it’s enriched my life. If we can help and inspire teachers to help kids to get moving, it would be fantastic,” Clarke added.