Olympic hopeful at Ilkeston infant school

Chaucer's young athletes with Olympic hopeful William Sharman
Chaucer's young athletes with Olympic hopeful William Sharman

OLYMPICS hopeful William Sharman has put young pupils at Chaucer Infant School through their paces in a sponsored keep-fit drive.

William, 27, of Long Eaton, and Darren Emmanuel of Sport 4 All North, joined 120 pupils to get active.

Chaucer’s eager beavers impressed by doing a series of exercises, which included press ups and star jumps.

As well as raising £150 for the school, the little sports stars raised £300 to help athletes who need financial support in their bids to gain a place at London 2012.

William, who recently finished fifth in the 110m hurdles world championships in South Korea said: “Their discipline, admirable efforts and desire to do well impressed me very much. Who knows, one of these youngsters might go on to become a sports star of the future.”

Teacher Michelle Price said: “It is heartwarming to see our children making a big effort to help athletes who need funds to help them achieve their sporting dreams.”