Updated: Monday, 22nd July 2019 @ 4:21pm

Olympic gymnast and reigning British Champion tumbles in on Stockport school

Olympic gymnast and reigning British Champion tumbles in on Stockport school

By Patrick McLaughlin

Stockport pupils had the pleasure of meeting an Olympian – and reigning British champion – when Hannah Whelan visited their school this week.

Hannah competed in the team event for Great Britain at Beijing’s 2008 Olympics, and has her sights set on London 2012.

As part of Stockport Council’s Schools Sport Partnerships’ ‘Adopt an Olympian’ scheme, Hannah visited Bramhall High School and spoke of her life as a gymnast.

PE Teacher Tom Park, who arranged the visit, said: “It was great to welcome Hannah back to Bramhall. The pupils are lucky to have met an Olympic gymnast and hopefully they will feel inspired by her story.”

Pupils from Bramhall were joined by children from neighbouring primary schools to meet the 19-year-old British all-around gymnastics champion as part of the scheme.

Aside from Hannah, the school boasts some impressive sporting alumni, including former England rugby league international Keith Fielding and European and Commonwealth hockey medallist Tina Cullen.

And the school hopes that Hannah can emulate the success of another former pupil, swimmer Graeme Smith, who landed an Olympic bronze medal in Atlanta in 1996.

“We hope that Hannah can push on to London 2012 and hopefully deliver a medal for the school and for Britain,” added Mr Park.

With Hannah currently enjoying a break in training on holiday and unavailable for comment, the pupils are unlikely to forget the day they met an Olympian in a rush.

Councillor Stuart Bodsworth, Executive Member for Children and Young People, added: “Meeting such a positive role model will have been hugely inspiring for the pupils and is something they will never forget.”

Part of Great Britain’s winning bid to host the 2012 Olympics included a commitment to drive up participation numbers in young people.

And in order to inspire people to get active and try something new, Stockport Council have set up a phone line ahead of London 2012.

For more information, contact 0161 474 2012, or email 2012@stockport.gov.uk