A MEDAL-WINNING pole vaulter visited schoolchildren in Haltwhistle last week.

Sally Scott, who won bronze at the 2014 Commonwealth Games, visited the school as part of the Sports for Schools programme.

Children heard of Sally’s experience on the world stage, her life journey and were even given the opportunity to try their hand at pole vaulting.

They were also put through their paces in a series of high-pressure circuit runs

Sally Scott said: “It’s great to be able to come to schools, to inspire young children, and encourage them to take up unique sports like mine.”

Children were also tasked with raising money as part of the programme, with all proceeds raised going towards providing new sports equipment for the school’s new premises next year.

Headteacher Susie Drake said the day was a huge success. “It has been fabulous for the school and there was a real party atmosphere during Sally’s session,” she said.

“Pole vaulting is completely new for some of the children and we are continually encouraging our pupils to take part in sport, which can be shown through our partnership with Haltwhistle Leisure Centre.”