OLYMPIC diver Leon Taylor inspired children at a Chester school to strive for their personal best in life.
The silver medallist went along to Mickle Trafford Village School where he posed for pictures with pupils and signed their shirts following a special Olympic Games presentation.
Leon, who competed in the 2004 Athens games, was then asked questions by the students and teachers including their predictions for some of the main events at this years’ Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Deputy headteacher Wendy Lyon said: “It’s fantastic having an Olympic star like Leon Taylor visit our school and inspire the pupils with a bit of London 2012 magic.
“Having the games in the UK will probably be a once in a lifetime opportunity for these pupils, so I am encouraging them to make the most of it. I hope this visit inspires them to get involved and achieve their own personal best in their school work.”
Leon’s visit was arranged by Atos, the worldwide information technology (IT) partner for London 2012.
Atos IT security manager Tim Burnett explained to pupils how, together with the other technology partners, it will deliver the world’s largest sports IT contract.
He explained: “We want to make sure that everyone, from athletes, to commentators and viewers watching at home, has the best experience possible at London 2012.
“Like any athlete taking part in the games, our business technologists will be striving to achieve their personal best to help ensure a successful games.”
At games time, the technology team will be made up of 3,500 technology specialists. Atos plays a key role in the deployment of 900 servers, 1,000 network and security devices and more than 10,000 computers.