Olympic star Darren Campbell makes a special visit to Catmose College

Darren Campbell briefing the students. Photo: Alan Walters EMN-150414-144708001
Darren Campbell briefing the students. Photo: Alan Walters EMN-150414-144708001
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Pupils at Catmose College got a surprise visit from Olympic star Darren Campbell this week after winning an online competition with the Youth Sports Trust.

The former Team GB athlete who has achieved success at the European Championships, World Championships, Commonwealth Games and Olympic Games, visited the school on Tuesday, much to the delight of the pupils.

Year 10 pupil, Caitlyn Palmer, who produced a video asking Darren to visit the college as part of the online competition, was delighted to have won.

She said: “Creating a film that won was such an amazing experience, it was incredible. To meet Darren Campbell was the icing on the cake, especially as he congratulated me on my work! It is an opportunity I will never forget.”

Darren started the day by addressing Year seven and eight pupils, telling them his inspirational story, including winning his Olympic gold medal.

Some of the College Sports Scholarship pupils then got the amazing opportunity of taking part in sprint sessions with the Olympian.

Darren showed them running drills and gave them advice on their technique, which they will be able to apply to their chosen sports in which they excel.

The school’s media team, including competition winner Caitlyn Palmer, followed the activities throughout the morning and managed to interview the athlete towards the end of the morning.

Throughout the day, Darren was happy to speak to all of the pupils and answer any questions they had and have photos taken with them.

The school would like to thank the Youth Sports Trust and Darren Campbell for the visit.