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Pupils put David Weir through paces for Sport Relief

March 11th 2016

School pupils turned BBC reporters as they were given exclusive access to a testing and training session with Paralympic Gold medallist David Weir CBE.

The students from Sir Joseph Williamson’s Mathematical School, Rochester, attended a session as part of BBC School Report day which sees budding reporters given the chance to test out their journalism skills for the BBC.

They attended a session at GSK’s Human Performance Lab (HPL), where David was preparing for this year’s Paralympic Games in Rio.

Pupils were given access the science facility and saw the elite athlete take part in intensive training sessions. From there they were able to write exclusive news stories “It was great to see students,” David said.

"My training sessions are always intense but I really felt the pressure with their sharp interviewing skills. It’s fantastic to see students so engaged in sport and the school doing amazing things to raise money for Sport Relief.

"The Sport Relief Games are accessible to all and I hope everyone can get involved next week by signing-up to the Games,” he added. The pupils had a fantastic experience Angus Parker from Sir Joseph Williamson’s Mathematical School said.

“Everyone in the school loves taking part in Sport Relief and this was an amazing opportunity to meet one of the country’s most inspiring athletes. The students were certainly really inspired and the visit gave a lot to think about for their BBC School Report,” he added.

GSK's HPL supports innovation in healthcare by combining research with cutting-edge technology in areas such as nutrition, cognition and physiology.

GSK launched a £22 million partnership with Comic Relief in 2015 to fight malaria and improve health and invited the students from the Kent school to inspire them in their fundraising efforts for Sport Relief 2016.

Sir Joseph Williamson’s Mathematical School is a long-term supporter of Sport Relief and the biggest fundraising school in the UK, during Sport Relief 2014.

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