Olympic swimmer makes a splash!

4th January 2012'Olympic swimmer Chris Cook pictured with the school council whilst visiting Carleton Park J&I School through the Be The Best You Can Be initiative.
4th January 2012'Olympic swimmer Chris Cook pictured with the school council whilst visiting Carleton Park J&I School through the Be The Best You Can Be initiative.
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OLYMPIC swimmer Chris Cook told youngsters to “be the best they can be” during a visit to Pontefract’s Carleton Park J&I School.

The 32-year-old – who completed in the 2008 Beijing and 2004 Athens Olympics – spoke to pupils at the Moxon Close school about his career through an initiative to inspire children in the run up to the London games this summer.

Chris, who retired from international swimming in 2009, told youngsters about his time in Team GB and his success winning a double gold medal haul in the Commonwealth Games in 2006.

The talk was part the national Be the Best you can Be programme, which was developed to inspire, engage and empower young people to recognise and fulfil their potential.

Headteacher Moira Neil Sawyer said: “The inspiration offered by Olympians and high achievers who strive to achieve their dreams is incredibly powerful and can really reach out and engage our children.”

The school will continue the programme in lessons, which will end with a celebration where all pupils and teachers share what they have learned and how they have supported each other in pursuing their dreams and goals.

All year six pupils will be presented with a recognition medallion produced and sponsored by the Royal Mint.

Mrs Neil Sawyer added: “I was determined our school would be one of the early schools to undertake the Be the Best you can Be programme as it begins to roll out nationally.”