Tokyo 2020 Paralympians take charge of PE lesson in Aylesbury

  • Video report by ITV News Meridian's Penny Silvester

Not many children get the opportunity to have a PE lesson with international athletes.

But pupils at Booker Park special school at Aylesbury were put through their paces by gold medal winning Paralympians.

Jody Cundy, Paralympics GB Gold medalist, said: "These guys are going to be the next load of athletes coming through".

"So if we can just show them and give them a little bit of inspiration and a little bit of knowledge that we've acquired, that might be enough to spark a fire in them so they go out and try a sport... and who knows where that may go?".

  • Jody Cundy, Paralympics GB Gold medalist

Headteacher, Rohan Culverhouse, said: "It helps them to understand that their disabilities can be overcome".

"It helps them to understand that their learning behaviors, things like: determination, trust and excellence. They're all things that they can see in the athletes in front of them".

"When they can see it face-to-face, it makes a big difference".

  • Students react to their memorable PE lesson

Earlier the athletes had gathered near Stoke Mandeville Stadium for the unveiling of a special tribute, which was a modern take on the gold post boxes dedicated to the Paralympic champions of 2012.

Virgin Media, which was a sponsor of the Paralympic team, is turning its broadband cabinets gold to celebrate the success of ParalympicsGB.

The gold cabinets can be found in all four UK capital cities, as well as Stoke Mandeville; the birthplace of the Paralympics.

It was in Aylesbury that more than 70 years ago the first competition for wheelchair athletes was held, when 16 injured servicemen and women took part and the Paralympic movement was born.

The gold Virgin Media broadband cabinet outside The Stoke Mandeville Stadium. Credit: ITV News Meridian

Ali Jawad, Paralympics GB Powerlifter, said: "I've got some incredible memories of Stoke Mandeville because my first competition was here in 2005 and obviously since then I've managed to get to four Paralympic games".

"This is where it started for me", he added.

Stefanie Reid, Paralympics GB Long Jump, said: "Every time you're here you've very aware that this was the vision of a man who looked at disability and didn't think it was something that disqualified you from an amazing life".

"He saw it as: 'this is what it is' and he found a way for use to compete".

For the children of Booker Park, it's been a day of inspiration to imagine how sport could transform their lives.