National prize for Regis School pupils

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OLYMPIC medal-winners supervised national award-winning Bognor Regis students on a memorable day.

London 2012 gold canoeing medallist Tim Baillie and bronze hockey winner Alex Danson were among the top athletes who met the pupils of The Regis School.

The students were among just 300 from around the country at the Young Ambassadors celebration day at Wembley Stadium to celebrate their work keeping alive the spirit of the London Games.

The YAs from the school had their dedication rewarded with a national award to recognise the best promotion and use of the Olympic and Paralympic values.

School games organiser Sean O’Connor said: “This recognition on a national arena of The Regis School Young Ambassadors is hugely deserved.

“I know the work they put in and felt confident they would have a good chance with their expert good practice.”

The school’s YAs, Sophie Melard and Chloe Archer, both 18, helped to co-ordinate the day in their roles on the YA national steering group.

Also present were gold and platinum ambassadors: Hollie Gibbens, 16, Dan Usher-Smith, 17, Hannah Grimsley, 16, Emily Jays, 14, and Alicia Littlepage, 15.

Their work since 2012 included running sports festivals at all the Bognor area infant schools last year.

Their day at Wembley comprised teamwork exercises in which they worked towards a project and developed new activities under the supervision of the elite athletes.

The Regis School principal David Jones said: “This is an exceptional achievement.

“Our students stand out in this and many other contests.”