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Paralympian Tanni Grey-Thompson visits Cumbria to inspire children to Get Active

December 9, 2014

One of Britain’s most successful Paralympians, Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson visited West Cumbria to inspire young people to get more active.

Tanni visited Victoria Infant & Nursery School in Workington on Thursday, 11 December, where she  watched pupils being put through their paces to run a mile.

Tanni also presented a certificate to Year 2 pupil Megan who has already completed the ‘100 mile challenge’ by going running with her Mum, well done Megan!

The children had also made Tanni a book showing all there favourite physical activities and sports and Tanni spent the afternoon talking to the children and answering their many questions.

Active Cumbria had invited Tanni to the school as part of the New Balance Sparkstart programme, which aims to inspire children to be healthy by walking, cycling, running or swimming 100 miles during the academic year.

Councillor Ian Stewart, cabinet member for Active Cumbria said “Tanni is a great role model and I’m sure she will inspire the children to get active and have fun. The Sparkstart programme is a fantastic opportunity for young people to stay healthy though sport.” 

Tanni has won 16 Paralympic medals, including 11 golds, held over 30 world records and won the London Marathon six times between 1992 and 2002. She is now the Chair of the All Party Commission on Physical Inactivity and was co-author of the report ‘Tackling Physical Inactivity – a Co-ordinated Approach’ which was released in 2013.