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Olympic medallist urges schoolchildren to keep active

Nicola White (centre) with school pupils at Dyke House College, Hartlepool Credit: British Heart Foundation

Olympic medallist Nicola White has been in the north east urging school pupils to keep fit and active.

The 24-year-old, who won bronze with the Women's hockey team at London 2012, was at Dyke House Sports & Technology College in Hartlepool yesterday as part of a nationwide tour aimed at tackling heart disease.

Nicola spoke to students during a special assembly, before the school opened their new Sports Science block. Nicola said: "It's important now to use the excitement of the Games to inspire more young people to be more active more often.

"Not everyone can be an Olympic or Paralympic medallist but we can all succeed if we have a dream and the belief to achieve it. The most important thing is to find something you love doing and enjoy the challenge of becoming the best you can be."

Mr Bill Jordan, head at Dyke House Sports & Technology College said: "Thanks to the British Heart Foundation, Nicola's visit has created a real buzz.

"The assembly and challenge event for opening the new Sport Science block have really fired up staff and pupils alike to get involved in physical activity - and hopefully inspire others to do the same."

Heart disease causes an estimated 94,000 deaths in the UK each year.