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Children go for fitness gold with Team GB athlete

Published on 26/09/18

Children from Norwich Primary Academy learned that fitness is fun as they trained with a gold medal-winning athlete.

Leon Baptiste, who raced to two gold medal wins at the 2010 Commonwealth Games, led the children through a four-minute fitness routine aimed at helping them to make exercise an everyday part of their lives.

The high-energy workout featured spotty dogs, star jumps, running on the spot, and a press-up challenge for the older children.

In a special assembly Baptiste told the children how, after a promising football career was stalled by a knee injury at the age of 14, he turned to athletics and was crowned the European Junior champion at 18.

However, after further surgery was needed on his knee, he had a long struggle to get back into form, working two jobs while he spent hours every day training.

His dedication was repaid when he was selected to represent Team GB at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi, culminating in his gold medal triumph in the 200m race and 100m relay.

Now Baptiste works as a coach for British Athletics and visits schools to spread his message of fitness for life and resilience in the face of challenges.

He encouraged the children to work hard to achieve their ambitions: “Over your journey through life you will face tough times – but it’s really important to keep going and not give up.”