BMX champ thrills Caister teens

FORMER world champion BMX rider Mike Mullen turned Caister High School's gym into a stunt bike classroom for a day.

The biker, who has won titles including World Masterclass Halfpipe Champion and Highest Air Titles, visited the school last Friday to inspire children.

He brought two bikes and a ramp along with him so 30 boys in Year 11 could race and try their hands at some BMX tricks.

The group of 15 and 16 year olds was split into two teams, competing in slalom races around cones, jumping from a ramp, riding one-handed and using the stunt pegs on the BMX.

And by the end of the session he had the class balancing on the front of the bike, and fighting it out - with two people on each BMX - in a game of 'BMX sumo'.

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The visit was part of the Sky Sports Living for Sport project - an initiative that uses sport stars and sport skills to boost confidence, change behaviours, increase attainment and improve life skills.

Andy McMillan, PE teacher at the school, said they have been introducing new sports to build on the success of the Olympic Games - including the Living For Sport Handball Project.

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The club runs on a Tuesday lunchtime with a high uptake every week, and the most dedicated students were rewarded with the BMX workshop.

'This was targeted at the ones that turn up every single week,' said Mr McMillan. 'It promotes active lifestyles, it's brilliant and they love it as it's something different.'

The day featured practical BMX sessions, an assembly to lower school pupils on the legacy of the 2012 Olympic Games and a cross curricular practical based science lesson.

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