Paralympic hero opens gym and dance studio at Cromer Academy

A Paralympic hero and a 'don't stop now' message were a double motivation for Cromer Academy's students at their annual awards event on Thursday.

Jody Cundy, who has won gold medals in swimming and cycling, was the guest of honour and opened the academy's refurbished gym and dance studio - unveiling a plaque inside the facility.

Visitors and award winners also saw the studio in use as student Laura Barron showed off her rhythmic gymnastics skills.

After the event, guests were invited to attend the headteacher's drinks reception prior to the awards ceremony where Cundy was guest speaker along with North Norfolk MP Norman Lamb.

At the awards ceremony, headteacher Penny Bignell, who took over when Cromer High became at academy in September 2011, played 'Don't Stop Me Now' by Queen and urged successful students to 'not stop' in their quest to be the best that they could be.

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She said: 'Like the Olympians celebrated their successes so shall you. I dedicate this song to all the certificate and prize winners in the room.

'I think this song is very appropriate for all of you just as it was for the Olympic and Paralympic medallists. Like them, you have shown guts and determination to succeed, worked hard and prepared hard, I am sure dealt with insecurities and lack of confidence at times, which has made you stronger and even more successful.

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'You have persevered even when times are tough, responded to help and advice from parents/teachers/peers in the same way that the Olympians had their coaches/family and friends behind them.'

She added: 'And this is just the beginning. Don't stop you now. Tonight shows you have taken the first steps towards bigger and better successes. For some it will be gaining your GCSEs, A-levels, university places and fantastic careers for everyone.'

Visitors and students also listened to musical performances by current pupils, and a closing address by the academy's head boy and head girl.

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