Olympic lesson for Litcham students

Pupils from Litcham High School were among 400 students given an exciting introduction to the sport, ethics and engineering of the Olympic Games by former Olympic high jumper Geoff Parsons.

Pupils from Litcham High School were among 400 students given an exciting introduction to the sport, ethics and engineering of the Olympic Games by former Olympic high jumper Geoff Parsons.

They were attending a Royal Academy of Engineering lecture, supported by Setpoint Norfolk and the British Olympic Foundation, at the John Innes Centre.

Students discovered how engineering has helped change sport with technological advances like the sharkskin suit for swimmers and prosthetic limbs for Paralympic athletes.

The lectures also looked at the way technology has improved facilities for athletes - such as synthetic all-weather surfaces and the fully roofed stadiums that prevent bad weather effecting performance - and the ethics of engineering.

Pictured are lecturers Gillian Mara and Geoff Parsons with students, from left, Charlotte Barratt, Brett Cissell and Adam Locke holding a prosthetic limb.