Olympics hopeful inspires South Yorkshire children to follow their dreams

Best foot forward: Harry Owen, one of Britain's top gymnasts, trains pupils from Rudston School in Rotherham.     Picture: Glenn Ashley.
Best foot forward: Harry Owen, one of Britain's top gymnasts, trains pupils from Rudston School in Rotherham. Picture: Glenn Ashley.
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OLYMPIC Games hopeful Harry Owen says children should be encouraged to ‘follow their sporting dreams’.

The 18-year-old from Swansea, who has an outside chance of making the British team later this summer in London, but is touted as a medal prospect for the 2012 Games in Rio de Janeiro, was at Rudston School in Rotherham to put the pupils through their paces as part of the Sports for Schools initiative.

He said: “I get asked a lot of questions by the kids but the main message to them is to follow their dreams.

“With the Olympics coming up, which is the ultimate for any athlete to win a medal, I just say to them to keep going and eventually all the hard work pays off and you start seeing results for your efforts.

“I want them to get inspired in sport and to get as many involved as possible.

“I played 10 sports at county level but decided to concentrate on gymnastics when I was about 14 because I was improving at it so fast.”