GB diver puts pupils through their paces for Ryan

A top diver put youngsters through their paces as they raised money so a fellow pupil can undergo life-changing surgery.

Commonwealth Games medalist James Denny led fun fitness circuits for all 480 children at Crossflatts Primary School.

Pupils took part in various exercises, raising money through sponsorship.

James then spoke about his sporting experiences – including winning Commonwealth silver in 2014 with teammate Tom Daley – and challenges he’d overcome.

The event was in support of a campaign to help little Ryan Weatherall, who has cerebral palsy, to walk.

The four-year-old, who attends the school nursery, has been accepted for an operation at Leeds Children’s Hospital.

But the surgery, known as Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy (SDR), is not available on the NHS and the family needs to raise £40,000.

The school’s PE assistant, Sam Gregory, who co-ordinated yesterday’s event, said it was a huge success.

“James was fantastic and it was just a brilliant morning,” he said.

“Two classes at a time did circuit training in the gym and the whole school – from nursery to year six – was involved.

“It really inspired the children. Ryan and all the pupils loved it.”

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