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London Olympics bronze medallist Sam Oldham races to the line at Cottenham Primary School sports day




London Olympics bronze medallist Sam Oldham takes on pupils at Cottenham Primary School sports day. Picture: Persimmon Homes
London Olympics bronze medallist Sam Oldham takes on pupils at Cottenham Primary School sports day. Picture: Persimmon Homes

Olympic bronze medallist Sam Oldham was an inspirational guest of honour at Cottenham Primary School’s sports day.

The 26-year-old former Huntingdon Gymnastics Club competitor was the youngest member of the British men’s artistic gymnastics team that won bronze at the 2012 London Olympics.

He was the special guest at Cottenham thanks to Persimmon Homes East Midlands and the company’s partnership with Team GB.

Richard Moore, Cottenham’s head of PE, said: “Sport and the teamwork, commitment and enthusiasm associated with sport are really important to both staff, pupils and the wider Cottenham community.

“It was a pleasure to welcome Sam to our school and seeing the children’s excitement when talking to him and getting to hold his medal was great – not to mention the delight of ones who competed against him in the 100m sprint and javelin throwing.

“Thank you to Persimmon Homes and Team GB for being a part of our sports day.”

London Olympics bronze medallist Sam Oldham takes on pupils at Cottenham Primary School sports day. Picture: Persimmon Homes
London Olympics bronze medallist Sam Oldham takes on pupils at Cottenham Primary School sports day. Picture: Persimmon Homes

Oldham, who also won gold with England at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games, said: “Sports days are so important as they showcase the variety of different sports and it gets the children outside and active, while having fun and enjoying taking part.

“The partnership between Persimmon Homes and Team GB allows us to help inspire the next generation and it is a pleasure to attend events such as Cottenham Primary School’s sports day.”

Nova Eames, sales director for Persimmon Homes East Midlands, said: “The children were interested in Sam’s path to becoming an Olympic athlete, and who knows, he may have inspired some athletes of the future. His determination and dedication to gymnastics was very evident and we wish him all the best for Tokyo 2020.”



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