Champion Paralympic swimmer visits Hethersett school

Champion Paralympic swimmer Chris Holmes was guest of honour for a very special Olympic themed event at Hethersett Junior School.

Accompanied by his guide dog Lottie, he spoke to the children at a school assembly about his experiences and sporting life and the power of sport as an inspiration. Afterwards he answered questions from representatives from each age group. On the same day he visited Cringleford Primary School and Sewell Park School in Norwich.

Chris lost his sight at the age of 14 but by the age of 20 was a world record holder. He won a total of nine gold medals including six in the Barcelona games in 1992 and three more at the Atlanta games in 1996 and the Sydney games in 2000. Chris also broke 35 world records and was awarded the MBE for services to British sport after the Barcelona Olympics. He is currently director of paralympic integration for the London Olympics.

Headteacher Andy Whittle said: 'It was a great honour for us to have Chris at our school to meet the children. He is an inspirational sportsman, having won so many Olympic medals. Our children were really excited to have the opportunity to meet him as part of our build up to the Olympic and Paralympic games.'

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