There’s nothing like a dame to inspire youngsters

Dame Kelly Holmes pays a visit to Churchill Community College to do a PE workshop.
Dame Kelly Holmes pays a visit to Churchill Community College to do a PE workshop.

OLYMPIC gold medal winner Dame Kelly Holmes was in North Tyneside last week to encourage office workers and schoolchildren to get into sport.

She spoke to an audience of more than 400 workers at Procter and Gamble’s Cobalt Park site in North Shields before heading on to Wallsend’s Churchill Community College where she gave a motivational talk to staff and pupils.

Pupils from the town’s Battle Hill and Stephenson Memorial primary schools were also there to take part in a physical education workshop led by Dame Kelly.

Georgia Maughn, 13, a pupil at the Churchill Street college, said: “Dame Kelly has been a real inspiration, and it’s been fantastic to meet her. I’ll never forget it.”

Dylan Dugdale, 12, added: “I think of Dame Kelly as a role model because she never gives up and works really hard to be the best she can be.”

The school visit was arranged by Procter and Gamble to coincide with her slot as guest speaker at the office’s annual update meeting.

Alex Buckthorp, the company’s site leader and director of finance, said: “As P&G is a worldwide partner of the International Olympics Committee and London 2012 Olympic Games, it was a perfect fit for Dame Kelly to come and speak to our employees, encouraging them to be the best that they can be and exciting us all about our involvement in the Olympics and what it will bring to the region.”