Olympic swimmer Chris Cook inspires Goole High School pupils
Double Gold Commonwealth Games swimmer Chris Cook took part in a swimming session with pupils from Goole High School today, Tuesday, October 2, as a reward for all their fantastic fundraising recently.
Chris (33), who took Gold in the 50 and 100 metre finals representing England at the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne in 2006 visited the academy in recognition of staff and students raising the most money out of schools across the country for a children's charity, as part of a 2012 Olympics challenge.
Together staff and students raised nearly £3000 for The Rainbow Trust Children's Charity, which provides emotional and practical support to families who have a child with a life-threatening or terminal illness.
The money was raised from a variety of fundraising events including a sponsored 2012 metre run, a Pogo challenge, a staff v student football match at the VPG in Goole and a sponsored car wash.
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After meeting some of the Year 11, 12, and 13 pupils, Chris gave a motivational speech to pupils, encouraging them to work hard and fulfil their ambitions, even when life can be tough.
He then went on to Goole Leisure Centre with 15 of the pupils to take part in a swimming session.
Speaking about his visit to Goole he said: "I've never been to Goole, but I have been very impressed with all the pupils I have met and the actual school itself.
"I came here to try and inspire and motivate the pupils to believe they can do anything if they set their minds to it and put the effort in.
"I have spoken to them about my journey to Olympic level and hopefully given them an insight into what it takes to get there."
As part of the school's involvement with this year's Olympic Games, staff and students had a target of raising £2012 for The Rainbow Trust Get Set Challenge,, however the school went on to raise just over £2900.
PE teacher and organiser of the fundraising events, Sarah Lynskey said: "There was a massive effort from the school as a whole to reach our £2,012 target with students and staff going out of their way to raise as much money as possible."To be announced as the highest fundraising school was absolutely incredible."
Chris, who was also a finalist in the 2008 Beijing Olympics, is now a mentor for athletes aiming to take part in the 2016 and 2020 Olympic Games.
Speaking about his visit Mrs Lynskey added: "The kids really enjoyed Chris' visit, he is an inspiration to any one wanting to pursue their dreams. We all had a fantastic time whilst he was here."