World champ wheelies in to Dearne ALC

World Number 1 inline skater Jenna Downing visited Dearne ALC. Pictured with her is year 9 pupil Tasmin Cutting.

World Number 1 inline skater Jenna Downing visited Dearne ALC. Pictured with her is year 9 pupil Tasmin Cutting.

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THERE were some nail-biting moments when champion skater Jenna Downing stopped by the Dearne ALC.

The World Number One inline skater brought all the thrills but none of the spills of her sport to Goldthorpe, as she demonstrated her craft.

Students enjoyed mentoring sessions with Jenna before viewing - and then trying - some of the skills the top athlete taught them.

Jenna, 24, has twice visited the school to boost pupils’ potential as part of the Sky Sports initiative ‘Living for Sport’.

The star has six keys to success, and spoke of how setting goals and planning for the future has helped her to achieve her dreams.

As part of the project students have spent some of their leisure time enjoying such sports such as tennis, boxing, trampolining and boccia. Older students will now be encouraged to help present extra-curricular clubs to younger students in the school.

Jenna, who is from Barnsley, has a law degree but is eager to promote more sporting activity and drive among today’s young people. She has been skating since 1995 and was 10 times British champion by the age of 21. At age 12, she was the youngest professional female skater in the world.