Local MP Rory Stewart on Friday visited Queen Elizabeth Grammar School in Penrith to learn about the school’s participation in the Sky Sports Living for Sport initiative. He was greeted by deputy head-teacher Rob Dawsion and participating students from Year 7 who were taking part in this new initiative designed to build young people’s confidence and life skill through partnerning them with a sports mentor. Athlete and paralympic cyclist Rik Waddon joined Rory, spending the day with the participating year 7 pupils, sharing stories about his sporting journey, and working with them to develop key skills. Following this visit and as part of the initiative, the pupils will take part in a project to encourage fellow year 7 pupils from neighbouring secondary schools to participate in an inter-school cross country event.

Rory said: “Rik and the year 7 students I met today were truly inspiring. It was fantastic to see such an engaging initiative being embraced with such great energy here in the constituency, and I wish the students all the very best with their exciting inter-school cross country event.”

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