Danson continues Olympic legacy in Wycombe

Alex Danson gave a hockey masterclass at Wycombe High School on Monday

Alex Danson gave a hockey masterclass at Wycombe High School on Monday

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A WYCOMBE school was treated to a hockey masterclass from a Team GB star this week.

Alex Danson, who top-scored for GB as they powered to bronze at London 2012, stopped in at Wycombe High School on Monday to pass on her expertise and give the girls a taste of what it takes to make it to the very top of the sport.

Danson hosted a special assembly at the start of the day before working individually with year sevens to 13s.

Year seven striker Cleo Pryor said: “I watched her during the Olympics, but she wasn’t like a celebrity or a star on television.

“She was very down to earth and an ordinary person.

“I learned a lot and especially liked seeing her bronze medal – it was incredible. I thought she was really inspiring.”

Danson said: “What an absolutely amazing group of students. They were so polite and enthusiastic with great skills. They will go far.

“I love my visits into schools and I passionately believe that every young person has the ability to pursue something that they are inspired to do.

“In our preparation for the Olympics, we spoke about being ‘gold’ in all of our behaviours and having that mentality every day and that is the message I am trying to give to young people.

“Have that dream, have something you inspire to be and work to your very best, be your best and who knows what might happen?”

Wycombe High School’s Head of PE, Vicki Williams said: “Alex has inspired a new generation at Wycombe High School and we will now use this as a stepping stone in aiming for further success in hockey, PE and sport at the school.”

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