The children and staff of Blackthorns Community Primary Academy were very excited to welcome World and European 4x100m champion sprinter and GB athlete CJ Ujah to the academy. The visit came following local resident, Naomi Treen, winning a competition run by Muller. She generously donated the GB athlete visit and £2000 to spend on sports equipment to her local school.
Ujah, who boasts an impressive 9.96 second 100m personal best, took part in a question and answer session with Year 5 and 6 children. During this, the children gained a better understanding of CJ's daily training schedule and the many sacrifices he has made to pursue his dream of being one of the fastest sprinters in the world. He spoke of his admiration of Usain Bolt and demonstrated some of his sprinting drills. He then hosted some athletics sessions with children in Years 2-4, during which he gave them advice on technique.
The visit immediately inspired the children's writing and some children from Year 6 even performed the song they wrote for him at the end of his visit.
Blackthorns' P.E. Co-ordinator, Mark Tugwell, stated, "CJ inspired the children by demonstrating that hard work and determination can help you achieve your goals. He reiterated the importance of staying focused, driven and happy."