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Olympic ticket event at Dorothy Hyman Stadium in Barnsley

Olympic ticket event at Dorothy Hyman Stadium in Barnsley

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YOUNGSTERS were put through their paces in a fitness masterclass with Olympic stars - before a prize draw was held giving some of the lucky schoolchildren tickets to the London 2012 games.

South Yorkshire Olympic runner Dorothy Hyman, who run a series of medals in the 1960s, diver Megan Sylvester, judo star Steve Gawthorpe and local swimming sensation James Kirton attended the event at the Dorothy Hyman Stadium, in Barnsley.

The athletes drew 26 pairs of Olympic tickets which were awarded to young people from across the town as part of the ‘Praise Postcards’ scheme, which over the past year has enabled students, teachers or parents to nominate children for their outstanding achievements in school.

The lucky children have won tickets to witness once-in-a-lifetime sporting action at London 2012 including judo, basketball and hockey.

One of the lucky winners was Emma Jaques, from Keresforth Primary School, who was nominated for getting a distinction in her Grade 2 modern theatre dance exam and another big winner was Alex Lewis, from Penistone Grammar School, for showcasing ‘excellent’ football skills. Other youngsters from schools including The Hill, Barugh Green and Thurgoland Primary School were also Olympic ticket winners.

James Kirton led the fitness master-class for children from Shafton Primary School and Birkwood Primary School, who also took part in a question and answer session with the athletes.

London 2012 Olympic hopeful Megan Sylvester, who trains at Ponds Forge, said: “The Olympics is making kids more aware of the different sports they can take part in and it’s important to get them interested now rather than later in life.’’

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