SCHOOL NEWS: Knockout success with Team GB Olympic boxing coach

SCHOOL NEWS: Knockout success with Team GB Olympic boxing coach

BRIDGWATER students certainly packed a punch when they had a visit by a Great Britain Olympic boxing coach.

Lee Pullen, currently on a career break from EDF Energy, took time out from training 2020 Olympic podium hopefuls to visit the town and coach 80 students from the Robert Blake Science College.

The visit, made possible by Hinkley Point B power station, was part of the school's increased curriculum focus on fitness and wellbeing.

Students from Years 7-10 were treated to a boxing demonstration by Lee and Hinkley Point B’s station director, Peter Evans, before being taught fundamental boxing principles and techniques.

At the end of the session each student was given the opportunity to don the gloves and have a one-on-one boxing session with Lee, who in the past has coached many British boxing Olympic and World Championship medallists, including Amir Khan, Audley Harrison, Nicola Adams and Anthony Joshua.

Lee and Peter were also joined by Mick Harrison, a British Army Physical Training Instructor, who put the students through their paces with a selection of circuit training activities.

Claire Stokes, team leader for creative arts at the school, said: “It’s not every day the children get the chance to meet an Olympic coach, and on behalf of the school I would like to thank Lee, Peter and Mick for taking time out of their busy schedules to join us for the day.

“It was a truly enjoyable and engaging experience for both pupils and staff, and we have received some really good feedback from everyone who took part."

Peter Evans added: “Lee is a world class coach, and it was good he could share some of his experiences, techniques, hints and tips, on the importance fitness and wellbeing with the workforce of tomorrow.

“Let’s hope the day and his presence inspired the children to become potential Olympic champions of the future."

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