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Costessey academy governors aim to inspire pupils with triathlon

PUBLISHED: 12:00 10 June 2011

Ormiston Victory Academy governors will compete in the Fritton Lake Triathlon.; l-r Matt Fleming, Julian Hanson-Smith and David Prior. Photo by Adrian Judd.

Ormiston Victory Academy governors will compete in the Fritton Lake Triathlon.; l-r Matt Fleming, Julian Hanson-Smith and David Prior. Photo by Adrian Judd.

Archant Norfolk 2011

Three governors at a Norwich academy are hoping to inspire pupils to aim high by completing a triathlon.

High achievers Julian Hanson-Smith, Matt Fleming and David Prior, three governors from Costessey’s Ormiston Victory Academy, are competing as a team in the Fritton Lake Triathlon on Sunday, June 12, running 10km, swimming one mile and cycling 40km.

Mr Hanson-Smith has already cycled from Land’s End to John O’Groats, as well as walking to the North Pole and climbing Mount Aconcagua in Chile, the highest mountain in the Amercias at just under 23,000 feet.

Mr Fleming has played cricket for England and was captain of Kent Cricket Club. A member of the MCC committee, a director of the England and Wales Cricket Board and a frequent traveller to Afghanistan to promote cricket, Mr Fleming is a big believer in how the power of sport can change peoples lives.

Meanwhile, David Prior was the MP for North Norfolk and is chairman for the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital.

He said: “We are all very proud to be governors of the academy.

“It is a great school and the students are beginning to achieve outstanding academic results. We want any student who goes to the academy to be able to look in the mirror and say ‘I did my best, I gave my all, I aimed high’.”

The team has so far raised sponsorship of just under £2,000 to be shared equally between the N&N’s Cots for Tots appeal and the Luke Day Adventure Fund. The fund is in memory of 31-year-old French teacher Luke Day, who taught at the school when it was Costessey High School, and died on his honeymoon. It funds extra curricular activities, similar to the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme.

Anyone wishing to donate can make a donation to the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital c/o David Prior or by visiting http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/David-Prior.

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