Olympic gold-medal-winner Dani King gives bike safety tips to children

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GOLD medallist Dani King visited a school to teach them about road safety.

The Olympic cyclist spent the morning at Bay House School, in Gosport, speaking to Year 7, 8, and 9 students about the importance of bike safety on the road.

BAY HOUSE DANI (NEWS)   MRW    18/12/2014 '''Olympic cycling star Dani King came to Bay House School at Gosport -''(left to right) Lily Adair (12), Dani King (24), Nigchha Gurung (11) and Jennifer Hibberd (12) - three of the four pupils who designed a new 'Cycle Safety key-ring' ''Picture: Malcolm Wells (143595-8281) PPP-141218-164536003

BAY HOUSE DANI (NEWS) MRW 18/12/2014 '''Olympic cycling star Dani King came to Bay House School at Gosport -''(left to right) Lily Adair (12), Dani King (24), Nigchha Gurung (11) and Jennifer Hibberd (12) - three of the four pupils who designed a new 'Cycle Safety key-ring' ''Picture: Malcolm Wells (143595-8281) PPP-141218-164536003

During her talk Dani, from Hamble, spoke about how she got into cycling and what it meant to win gold at the London 2012 Olympics.

The 24-year-old said: ‘It’s important for me to try and inspire the next generation.

‘It was great to visit such a fantastic school to try and emphasise how important safety is and to inspire the students to take up a sport, not just cycling, any sport and pursue their dreams.’

Dani also spoke about a recent crash in which she broke five ribs and suffered a collapsed lung after hitting a hidden pothole in Wales. She said: ‘I was in intensive care for two days and spent a further ten days in hospital recovering.

‘I am recovering really well though and I am hoping to be back on the road at the end of this week.’

Bay House, in Gomer Lane, is holding a Road Safety Awareness Week. During the week, Year 7 students had to design a keyring supporting the message.

Ben Warringer was one of the winning pupils who had a keyring made. The 11-year-old had a cycling fact along with A-Team character Mr T and the phrase ‘Don’t be a fool’.

Ben said: ‘We have been learning a lot about cycling safety so it was good to get Dani speaking to us about it. It was interesting hearing her speak about how she got into cycling too.

‘She didn’t start until she was in Year 8 or Year 9 which is late to get into a sport.

‘But it has inspired me because I can still try something new.’

Fellow Year 7 pupils Jennifer Hibberd, 12, Nigchha Gurung, 11, and Lily Adair, 12, had their designs made up.

Lily said: ‘It was great hearing from Dani because she is an inspiration. Especially after her crash, she just kept going.’

Richard Thomas is on the leadership team at the school.

He added: ‘We have quite a lot of our students cycling to and from school so we always promote road safety. To have Dani come in and speak about it was great.’