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Jarrow Arrow’s academy visit is just champion

its good to talk ... former running champion Steve Cram, centre, meeting Whitburn Academy principal Alan Hardy and students, from left, Emma Johnson, Emma Peters and Nathan Gaughan.

its good to talk ... former running champion Steve Cram, centre, meeting Whitburn Academy principal Alan Hardy and students, from left, Emma Johnson, Emma Peters and Nathan Gaughan.

BUDDING athletes have been given tips from the top by a South Tyneside sporting legend.

Middle-distance running ace Steve Cram, a former world 1,500m champion, called in at Whitburn C of E Academy to meet some of its sporting hopefuls.

The 53-year-old, also an Olympic silver medallist at 1,500m, spoke to Year 11 pupils about their commitment to sport and how they manage to fit it in alongside their studies.

Students offered advice by the Jarrow Arrow included Emma Peters, shortly to compete for Team GB in the World Junior Skiing Championships in Italy and a current holder of three national titles.

Cram, chancellor of Sunderland University since 2008, also met rugby league enthusiast Nathan Gaughan, heptathlete Emma Johnson, keen sailor Kieran Graham and fencing fan Grace Edmunds and learned about their sporting successes and ambitions.

The visit was part of a partnership arrangement to build stronger links between the university and the academy.

He was accompanied on the visit by Professor John Macintyre, vice-chancellor of the university.

Alan Hardie, principal of the academy, now hoping to open a sixth form, said: “We were delighted that some of our sporting stars had the opportunity to meet Steve as he is an outstanding role model for our pupils.

“I hope that the meeting will help us work more closely with the university to develop opportunities for our pupils to use some of its excellent facilities and find out more about university life.”

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