A Velodrome dream day made complete with Olympic heroes
MEETING Team GB Olympic medal winners was a golden moment for students from two Cleethorpes schools.
During their annual day of cycling at the Games' iconic Velodrome, students from Cleethorpes and Tollbar Academies were inspired when they met five-times World Champion and Olympic gold medallist Ed Clancy and his medal-winning team-mates.
The chance meeting was totally unexpected and thrilled the young students, who used the inspirational meeting to spur them on in a series of challenges, including a one-lap flying time trial.
Kyle Foxon, 15, from Tollbar Academy, and Shannon Gamble, 14, from Cleethorpes Academy, were the fastest students to complete the trials.
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Kyle said: "It was an amazing opportunity to meet Ed Clancy and his team-mates at the Velodrome.
"We didn't have a clue that they would be there and they were so friendly and happy to pose for pictures with us. It made a great day even better."
Along with explosive sprinter Ed, they also met team sprint Olympic Gold medallist Phil Hindes and team pursuit World Champion gold medallist Andy Tennant and with BMX Olympic finalist Liam Phillips, all posed for pictures with the students.
Cleethorpes Academy organised what has become an annual trip to the National Cycling Centre, during which the students have the chance to cycle round it.
Cleethorpes Academy curriculum leader for PE, Rob Allenby, said: "We have been visiting the Velodrome for a number of years now and each time we go the students are thrilled to have the opportunity to cycle in such an amazing arena.
"Sport is very important at Cleethorpes and Tollbar Academies and we try to give students a chance to take part in as many diverse disciplines as possible.
"Cycling is massive in the UK right now, thanks to athletes like Ed Clancy and his fellow team members, so we were delighted to meet them and to pass on our congratulations for their efforts this summer.
"For the students it was an awe-inspiring moment, to have so many Olympic medallists together before them, and it was a great end to the day."