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Paralympic swimmer pools knowledge with pupils

Published on 23/11/18

A Paralympic gold medal-winning swimmer has shared the secrets of her success with children at Norwich Primary Academy.

Jessica-Jane Applegate MBE visited the school on Wednesday, November 21 to talk about the importance of fitness and resilience in everyday life, as well as for Olympic champions.

Norfolk-born Jessica, who has an autistic spectrum disorder, has won a clutch of Olympic medals, including a gold medal from the London 2012 Olympics where she set a Paralympic record in the 200m freestyle race.

She is the current European 100m butterfly champion and holds a number of British, European, and world records.

After presenting a special assembly Jessica showed her medals to the children and answered their questions about what it’s like to be an international swimming champion.

Principal Damian Weare said: “I would like to thank Jessica-Jane for visiting the school and being so generous with her time.”