OLYMPIC gold medallist Duncan Goodhew MBE took to the pool along with the pupils at St George’s Primary School in Taunton for an inspirational once-in-a-lifetime experience last Thursday.

The Olympian, who won the 100 metre breaststroke at the 1980 Olympic Games is backing Premier Sport.

They provide physical education and sports coaching services to schools and their mission is to inspire young people through PE, sport and physical activity.

Duncan hosted a school assembly about his highs and lows during his ‘golden’ years before addressing the importance of an active and healthy lifestyle.

He then went on to talk about the positive impact that sport and physical activity has made on his own life and the important role it can play in staying fit, healthy and happy.

Duncan took to the pool to share some golden advice on swimming strokes and he took part in the relay race.

Duncan said: “I’m encouraged the Premier Sport team are working in partnership with schools in Somerset.

"I’m especially encouraged there are so many budding swimmers at St George’s. One day, we may see one of them on the podium at a future Olympic games.” PE Coordinator, Damian Lake from St George’s Primary School added: “We are extremely excited and enthusiastic about Duncan Goodhew visit to St George’s.

"We feel it has inspired and engaged more of our children to participate in sport and physical activity.

"We are so fortunate to have our own swimming pool, and that the children were able to put Duncan through his paces."