Powerlifter speaks to upper school students

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A powerlifter spoke to students at an upper school as a national charity keeps the Olympic and Paralympic spirit alive.

Athlete and ambassador for the WheelPower wheelchair sport charity Chris Rattenbury met youngsters at Stratton Upper School in Biggleswade on Thursday last week.

Chris volunteers his time to promote wheelchair sport and teach youngsters about the history of the Paralympic Games.

The Milton Keynes-based athlete will be visiting up to eight schools a week around the county until December and beyond.

The organisation has offered every school in Bedfordshire the chance to meet an athlete and see one of the Paralympic lanterns.

The lantern will be kept in a museum in the future.

Four lanterns were used to carry the national flames of Scotland, Wales, England and Northern Ireland.

They were brought together to start the torch relay during the flame-lighting ceremony for the Paralympic Games in Stoke Mandeville.

WheelPower provides sporting opportunities which help to transform the lives of disabled adults and children.

It also runs a range of events for disabled youngsters including tournaments and sport camps.

For more information about the charity see www.wheelpower.org.uk