Invictus Games champion pays a visit to Castleford infants school

PUPILS OF Airedale Infants School in Castleford were visited by an Invictus Games athlete last week to learn more about the competition.

Athlete Caroline Buckle shares her medals with Airedale Infant School pupils.
Athlete Caroline Buckle shares her medals with Airedale Infant School pupils.

The 2016 Invictus Games champion, Caroline Buckle, hosted an assembly about her life and how she has found a love for competitive sport after having to leave the army due to injury.

Pupils were required to complete a sponsored fitness circuit led by Caroline and Sports for Schools, which brings athletes into schools to encourage a healthier lifestyle.

The fitness circuit included press ups, mountain climbers and star jumps.

Year two teacher, Miss Skitt, who organised the event, said: “The children loved getting involved with each circuit activity.

“They enjoyed asking questions about Caroline’s life and getting to see and hold her medals.”

Headteacher, Katie Robinson, said: “Having visitors such as Caroline in school is important to show the children that there are no limits to our capabilities as humans.

“Through hard work, focus and dedication we can truly achieve anything.

“Staff strongly believe in raising children’s aspirations in life in order they fulfil their potential.”

All together, the school raised over £2,400 for new sports equipment for the pupils, which the school council will play an active role in choosing.

This will also be shared with the Sports For Schools programme, which supports GB athletes.

Staff at Airedale Infant School say they are overwhelmed at the support received from parents, carers and their families.