*Post in association with Mumsnet and British Athletics
It’s less than a month away until the fifth Müller Anniversary Games at the London Stadium and I’m really excited that this year Olly, my five year old, will be able to watch his heroes live on the athletics track. Last week, I joined British Athletic stars Stef Reid and Reece Prescod at Park Primary School in the shadows of the London Stadium to kick off the countdown to the games.
Can you imagine the excitement of meeting two of Britain’s best athletes whilst you’re at school? And better still being able to be coached by them whilst practicing starting sprints positions and how to perfect your best long jump? This is what happened last week when World T44 Long Jump Champion Stef Reid and British 100m Champion Reece Prescod both took part in an active training session with the primary school children.
The children met Reid and Prescod in their school playground and were encouraged to take part in the session. It was brilliant to watch the children’s faces as they took to the track under the watchful gaze of the athletes. It was inspiring to watch the children really listen to what Reid and Prescod were telling them, their passion for sport was clear to see and to see their enthusiasm for it was infectious.
Muller Anniversary Games, an inclusive event
The Müller Anniversary Games are all about inclusion and that’s why the event on the 21st and 22nd of July showcase the best of both disability and non-disability sport.
At the launch Stef Reid said “I always enjoy the opportunity of inspiring the next generation, they are always really excited and enthusiastic which is brilliant to see. It is amazing how far Para sport has come since 2012, and the inclusivity of the Anniversary Games continues to promote this.”
My husband and I took Olly as a baby to the first Anniversary Games back in 2013 and we really enjoyed it. It was a fantastic atmosphere and we got to see some of our favourite athletes perform in their events on both track and field. We can’t wait to take Olly back this summer to see more action on the track. He loves watching it and has already been asking about it on the back of watching the Commonwealth Games in previous months so he’s going to be so excited to watch it live and be inspired to try out more sports at school.
We were able to catch five minutes with both Stef and Reece for a quick chat and it was brilliant to hear how they love to inspire the youngsters. Stef recommends anyone to “try something once” and give it a go and Reece, who grew up not far away in Walthamstow loved to show local youngsters that they can achieve anything if they put their mind to it.
Best athletic stars returning to the Anniversary Games
Returning to the London Stadium for the Müller Anniversary Games next month for the prestigious IAAF Diamond League event names such as Andre De Grasse and Christian Coleman in the mens 100m and Dina Asher-Smith, Elaine Thompson and Dafne Schnippers in the women’s 200m. 2012 Long Jump Champion Greg Rutherford will be competing at the London Stadium for the final time too! Some of Britain’s best para-athletics stars have already confirmed they will be competing at the games including Paralympic gold medallists Libby Clegg, Richard Whitehead and Hannah Cockcroft.
We’ll be going to watch the Müller Anniversary Games in July and we’re really looking forward to it. Watching the athletics is a fantastic family day out and is so inspiring watching these incredible athletes take part. To grab your tickets, head to the British Athletics website where prices start from just £10!
Disclosure: I was invited to the press launch event courtesy of Mumsnet and British Athletics and I’ll be heading to the Anniversary Games with my family in July. All views are my own and I’ve been compensated for my time. Images courtesy of British Athletics and my trusty iPhone!