Pupils visited by badminton champ

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Primary school pupils took on a range of badminton-themed challenges with a little help from an Olympic medalist.

Gail Emms MBE visited Mapperley Primary School and spoke to pupils about her career before joining in with activities and games.

A retired badminton player, Gail achieved international success in doubles tournaments winning gold at the 2006 World Championships in Madrid, 2004 European Championships in Geneva and a silver medal at the 2004 Olympic Games.

She visited Mapperley Primary School, in Ilkeston, as part of a prize won by pupil Samuel Miah, ten, who triumphed in a Youth Sport Trust competition to design a PE kit for the year 2035.

Samuel’s kit included pouches of instant spaghetti and water and he also suggested that specially trained flies would be attached to the trainers to help the person wearing them to jump higher.

He said: “I was really shocked when I found out that I had won as I didn’t think I was that good at drawing.

“I felt very pleased though and proud.”

During her visit, Gail talked to the pupils about how she started playing badminton at the age of four.

She said: “I loved practising against my mum as she is really good at badminton and I really wanted to beat her.”

After Gail’s talk, pupils made a shuttlecock and a badminton racket from junk and they took part in a blindfold challenge.