Visit from top athlete

Steve Frew, Olympic gold medal gymnas tfrom 2002, centre, at an Olympic event for pupils in educational support at Sandy Brae, Kennoway

Steve Frew, Olympic gold medal gymnas tfrom 2002, centre, at an Olympic event for pupils in educational support at Sandy Brae, Kennoway

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STEVE Frew, gymnast and Commonwealth gold medallist in 2002, was the special guest at Thursday’s opening ceremony of the pupil support service ‘Olympics’ at the Sandy Brae Centre in Kennoway.

Youngsters from centres in Cupar, Glenrothes and Kirkcaldy joined their Levenmouth counterparts for bike time trials, basketball, caber tossing, and more.

Steve talked to the S1-4 pupils about the importance of sport and fitness and explained how it improved his overall health, wellbeing and life chances, as well as giving a gymnastic demonstration and joining in some of the events – including a tug of war.

Leading up to a packed day of activity, pupils from Sandy Brae delivered ‘Olympic torches’ by mountain bike to the three other centres, each of which adopted a country.

The torches contained scrolls inviting participation and each centre researched their chosen nation – China, Argentina, Jamaica and Spain – and made wall displays, while the art departments helped create banners and flags.

A selection of foods from each country, prepared by the home economics departments, was served at lunchtime.

Statistics gathered – times, distances, caber tossing angles, pulse rates before and after exercise – will be collated and sent around the schools for use in maths and science, as well as a biography of Steve Frew to be used in English lessons.

Sandy Brae teacher Pete Beaver said pupils could use data directly related to their experiences, which would be more meaningful and relevant and should lead to more successful outcomes in their learning.

“The event was very successful and I was really impressed by the way all staff got involved in the Olympic theme,” added Pete.

“The hard work of the staff and pupils across the four centres embodies what the Curriculum for Excellence is supposed to be about.

“There were two major assets – Steve Frew, whose motivational presentation into the role sport has to play in health and wellbeing inspired the pupils to put in impressive effort and determination into their performances, and also, of course, the beautiful weather.”