Colne Olympian Steven Burke proves his class in golden moment at his old school

Olympic gold medalist Steven Burke proved his class when he went back to school as the star guest at the opening of a gym named in his honour.

By Dominic Collis
Sunday, 13th December 2020, 8:50 pm
Updated Sunday, 13th December 2020, 8:54 pm
Olympic cyclist Steven Burke opens a new outdoor gym at his old school, Park Primary in Colne
Olympic cyclist Steven Burke opens a new outdoor gym at his old school, Park Primary in Colne

Colne's most celebrated cyclist, a multiple world, European and national champion, went back to where it all began when he wowed starstruck pupils at Park Primary and cut the ribbon on their new outdoor gym.

Mr Dean Farry, Year 3 teacher and PE co-ordinator at the school, said: "It was great to see Steven back at Park, previously a student at the school, especially after all his accolades received over the years, most notably gold medal at an Olympics, which is well known around the town.

"He really loved the outdoor gymnasium, which offers up fixed cardio equipment, cycle turbo trainers, punching bags and boxing accessories and even a very colourful and funky looking traverse wall.

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Park Primary pupils try out the new equipment

"Some of our lucky Sports Ambassadors got to meet Steven and be the first children to try out the new facility. We’ve even bought an external boombox so the children can work up a sweat to some upbeat music."

The gym had been in planning for just over a year. It all started when six staff and a parent ran the Manchester Half Marathon last October to help raise money. Thanks to local support from parents and friends, they were able to raise over £1,000 which went into the overall pot.

Dean added: "How quickly a year passes - such planning, organising and grafting have happened to make this day possible.

"I'd like to thank all involved who I’m sure would agree it wasdefinitely worth the pain with how well it looks. I personally cannot wait to see the children punching, pedalling, lifting, climbing, skipping, swinging, pumping and any other verb involved in physical exercise. They will love it."