Olympic legend to visit school

Steve Redgrave with the fifth of his gold medals, won in Sydney.
Steve Redgrave with the fifth of his gold medals, won in Sydney.

One of Britain’s most successful Olympic sportsmen is due to make a special visit to Bridlington this week.

Sir Steve Redgrave, the first Briton to win five Olympic gold medals, is heading to Burlington Junior School to present a national sporting award to a talented pupil.

Ten-year-old Elliot Hatton has been named the Outstanding Young Person of the Year Award 2014 for Sporting Promise, which recognises his commitment to helping others at the school.

As part of Elliot’s reward, the country’s most famous rower is visiting Burlington and will get involved in a sports festival which will see more than 80 pupils competing in a range of sports activities.

Elliot plays for Sewerby Cricket Club and represented Yorkshire under 10s this summer, impressing the coaches with his mature batting performances.

He and his three brothers, Jake, Calum and Isaac, are now looking forward to meeting the man who carried the torch into the Olympic Stadium at the opening ceremony for London 2012.

Redgrave won five golds and a bronze medals, in games at Los Angeles, Seoul, Barcelona, Atlanta and Sydney between 1984 and 2000.

He was also a nine-time world champion and was knighted in 2001.

Now he is involved with Sporting Promise, an initiative that encourages more young people to take part in PE and school sport.

Thursday’s festival will showcase some of the sports activities that are offered to local school pupils through the scheme, an initiative delivered by Sporting Pro, Matalan and the Youth Sport Trust.

Around the country, Sporting Promise supports the delivery of PE and sport in 10,000 primary schools, promotes alternative sports offer in secondary schools, and helps teenagers by setting up community sports clubs.