Norwich cycling star inspires Lakenham youngsters

Youngsters were yesterday inspired by the Olympics when a track cycling starlet paid a visit to their school.

Track sprinter Victoria Williamson swapped the boards for the classroom when she went to meet pupils at Lakenham Primary School.

As part of the visit, the 18-year-old, who is ranked number two junior in the world, told the children about how she used to do athletics before she was talent spotted by British Cycling to become a track sprinter.

Victoria, from Hevingham, also showed the youngsters her bike, helmets and shoes.

The visit was arranged through Velo Club Norwich, the city's largest cycling club, which Victoria joins when she can on a Sunday morning.

Nikki Wilson, assistant head, said: 'It was a unique opportunity to invite a future GB Olympic champion to our school and to inspire the youngsters to cycle themselves.

'It was great and the kids really loved meeting her. They asked her a lot of questions such as how fast she can go and questions about her bike.

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'She brought her bike along with her and a couple of helmets and cycling shoes. The children had a great time.'

This year, saw Victoria, who only switched from athletics to cycling three years ago, take two national junior titles, three European silvers and a silver and bronze at the World Junior Championships.

In January, she will make her senior debut at a world cup competition in Beijing, China.

As well as Victoria, the school was also visited by Kevin House, from Great Yarmouth Cycling Club and who also runs cycling sessions at schools.

Plans have been made for Mr House to return to the school in the new year. It is also hoped Olympics 2016 hopeful Victoria will be able to return to the school.

Ms Wilson added: 'Everyone is gearing up for the Olympics so to have someone like Victoria on our doorstep is incredible. I have no doubt that she is a future Olympic gold medallist.'

Don't miss this month's edition of our Olympics supplement London Calling on Tuesday, December 28.

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