Young Running Champion Meets Former Champion On Visit To Tollbar Academy

Tollbar Academy student and England Junior 800m Champion, Ella Greenway (14), meets Steve Cram on his visit to Tollbar Academy.

From one champion on the track to another - Tollbar Academy student Ella Greenway, who is the current England Junior Champion for 800m, met Steve Cram, once the world's fastest teenager, as he visited the Academy before handing out awards at Tollbar Academy's Annual Presentation Evening at Grimsby Auditorium.

The former 800m and 1500m champion dominated athletics back in the 1980s when athletes were as celebrated in the press as today's footballers.

Gateshead-born Steve - known as the Jarrow Arrow - is now a TV athletics commentator who has just returned from the World Championships in Doha. He visited sports students at Tollbar Academy and chatted with Ella and her team mates before meeting Sixth Form College students for a chat.

His advice to them was to take all opportunities. "Finish your studies and follow your passions."

Ella said: "He had lots of good advice."

Steve Cram meets P.E. students in the Fitness Suite at Tollbar Academy.

Steve Cram with Tollbar Academy Year 7 and 8 netballers.

Steve Cram challenges Lewis Morgan (Year 9) to a badminton game - and loses!

Steve Cram with table tennis students at Tollbar Academy.

Steve Cram takes a look at the Academy's annual yearbook, with basketball students.

Steve Cram chats with Sixth Form College students.

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Caroline L Yates
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