Commonwealth Games triple jump champion Tosin Oke has stated his 2011 season by helping to inspire school children in the UK at the launch of a Metropolitan Police sports initiative recently.
Oke, who grew up in Hackney but represents Nigeria, put pupils from Stepney Green School through their paces at the launch of the Met Track scheme at Mile End Stadium.
According to the PE teacher of the school, Giovani Giordano, meeting Oke had proved a real incentive for the school’s budding athletes.
According to Oke, “the scheme is all about getting more children involved in athletics and the initial signs were very good. The Met Track scheme is important in helping to turn children towards sport rather than hanging around on the streets.”
The dark-complexioned athlete, who won the Commonwealth Games title in India last year at the age of 30, worked with some promising athletes and gave them some advice on how to improve their strength and endurance.
PC Steve Austin, who works for the Metropolitan Police youth team programme said, “It is an excellent example of how the Metropolitan Police, together with world-class athletes, such as Tosin Oke, can create an environment where young people can be inspired.”
Met Track works across most of London’s boroughs, aiming to get teenagers in touch with qualified local athletes.