Olympian inspires pupils on school visits

Olympian inspires pupils on school visits

Sophie Flowers

Olympian inspires pupils on school visits
Gail Emms shows her medals to Cox Green pupils.

An Olympic silver medallist inspired young people with her stories of success in a series of school visits.

Badminton player Gail Emms is visiting schools in the Royal Borough as part of the Olympic Inspiration Programme for 2012, run by the Ascot & Maidenhead School Sport Partnership (SSP).

Gail, who was awarded the MBE for services to sport in 2009, spent time giving talks and meeting pupils and staff.

And youngsters even got to see her world-class moves in action, as the retired player picked up her racquet to show them how it's done.

SSP partnership development manager Emma Fitzgerald said: "It was great to be able to bring a truly inspirational ambassador like Gail into our schools.

"To hear first hand what it's like to go to the Olympics and to be in an Olympic final is amazing, and Gail is so much fun.

"She was really great with the kids, and many of them have had their photo taken with her, items signed, and even played against her."

Gail started playing the sport at four, and along with her partner Nathan Robertson she has been number one in the world at mixed doubles.

The 34-year-old has also been All England Champion, Commonwealth Gold medallist and won a silver medal in the 2004 Olympics Games in Athens.

She spoke to Newlands Girls School on Thursday morning before heading to Cox Green School to show the pupils her skills.

Gail is due to visit Charters School, Ascot, Desborough School, Furze Platt Senior School and Altwood School this week.

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