Feb 14 2012 By Hannah Bewley
Olympic hopeful Danusia Francis teaches gymnastics to Byron Court School pupils.
A YOUNG Olympic gymnast put pupils at Byron Court Primary School through their paces in a special day of activities.
Artistic gymnast Danusia Francis, 17, is part of Team GB and gave coaching sessions to every child at the school, aged four to 11.
Although the school, in Spencer Road, Wembley, has a healthy sporting environment, PE teacher Minesh Randeria said the event helped to raise interest in gymnastics.
She said: “It’s not one of my specialities, so it sometimes get overlooked, but we have a few
girls at the school who are really keen on it.
“When we had the chance for an Olympic athlete to come to the school I thought it would be good to do something a bit different. All the pupils loved it and I have had loads of girls asking for information about gymnastics clubs in the area where they can do more.”
Ms Francis came Third All Around in the English Championships, and represented the British team at the 2011 European Championships.
Mr Randeria said: “Even though she is only 17 she was fantastic with the children. They had all got sponsorship from families and friends and did star jumps and spotty dogs to raise money for charity.”
The visit was set up by Sports for Schools, which arranges for Olympic athletes to visit schools to inspire pupils and get them more interested in sport.