British skater Joseph Buckland visits Stathern Primary School

British international figure skater Joseph Buckland with Stathern Primary School's sports crew pupils, from left, Thomas, Joe, Megan and Jemma. EMN-150909-171214002
British international figure skater Joseph Buckland with Stathern Primary School's sports crew pupils, from left, Thomas, Joe, Megan and Jemma. EMN-150909-171214002
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Team GB figure skater Joseph Buckland showed pupils the rewards of hard work and commitment when he paid a visit to Stathern Primary School last week.

The school has been trying to raise the profile of sports in school, including more minority sports such as ice skating.

The Nottingham-born skater has represented his country on the world and European stage and was British champion with his skating partner Olivia Smart during the 2014/15 season.

He gave a talk during school assembly about his role in the British team, his training, places around the world he has competed and what he enjoys about the sport.

The children were also given leaflets with vouchers for discounted entry to the Nottingham Ice Arena.

Buckland said: “I really enjoyed my visit to Stathern Primary School. It was a great chance to promote ice skating and the importance of working hard to achieve your dreams.

“The children were really enthusiastic and asked some great questions.”