Paralympic swimmer inspires children

A PARALYMPIC swimmer who is gearing up for the London 2012 games in September inspired pupils to live the dream when she visited a Long Ashton primary school.

Liz Johnson proudly showed children at Birdwell School her gold and silver medals which she won at the Beijing games in 2008 for the breaststroke, organised by teacher and good friend Mike Welti.

The 27-year-old, who lives and trains in Bath, spoke to key stage one and two pupils about her journey and answered questions including whether she had a pool in her garden.

Teacher Emily Downing said: “Liz was so inspirational and encouraged the children to have a dream or a goal and pursue it to the best of their ability.

“The children and teachers felt so lucky to have heard her speak, and will be cheering her on in September.”