Olympic rower visits Herries school

James Harrison

James Harrison

Olympic rower visits Herries school

An Olympic medal-winning rower has been congratulating children on raising a bumper total in aid of a water charity.

Debbie Flood, who scooped silvers for Great Britain at Athens in 2004 and then again at Beijing in 2008, was at Herries Preparatory School, in Dean Lane, Cookham Dean, on Thursday, June 16.

The sportswoman was there to recognise the efforts of year six pupils, who organised a sponsored assault course in Marlow on Friday, June 10.

The event raised more than £1,000, which will be donated to a campaign Flood is involved in, which is supporting the charity Village Water.

Speaking afterwards, the school's director of sport, Nikki Ballinger, said: "It all went really well, they got to organise, plan and execute an event themselves and I think it helped them realise just how much work that actually is.

"They also had to organise the key stage two children, which was quite a challenge as well.

"But they really enjoyed everything and they also liked that an olympic athlete had come into the school to talk to them."

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