Louis Smith wows Longdean as part of Olympic legacy tour

Pupils and staff at Longdean School were treated to a visit from Great Britain gymnast Louis Smith as he continues to keep the Olympic flame burning.

Smith, 24, chatted to pupils before taking part in boccia and street dance workshops as part of his School Legacy Tour.

Louis Smith passed on tips and advice to Longdean School pupils

Louis Smith passed on tips and advice to Longdean School pupils

“There has been a lot of talk about legacy after the 2012 Olympic Games ,” he said. “I took it upon myself to do my part by going into schools and talking to pupils and trying to get them involved in sport to try and keep that legacy alive.”

MBE Smith, who has won medals at both the Beijing and London Olympics, was keen to pass on his tips and advice to the Longdean youngsters, including budding Year 11 dance star Beth Jordan.

“It was amazing to talk to an Olympian,” said Beth. “I had never spoken to anyone famous before!”

“We asked him if he had any advice and he told us that you just need to love your sport and follow your passion.”

Longdean School director of learning for PE, David Gilder, added: “It’s that awe and wonder thing of seeing an Olympian here and interacting with him.

“It gave the pupils a chance to find out what inspired him and how hard he has had to work to be able to achieve everything that he has.”

To find out more about the tour, visit www.louis-smith-official.com