Tim Henman Visit
The Abbey Junior School was buzzing on Friday 22 June with a visit from tennis ace Tim Henman.
The visit was a wonderful way to start the school’s Wimbledon Week and also marked the climax of a year-long programme of visits from Olympians past and present.
Tim gave coaching sessions to year 5 and 6 girls who regularly attend the lunchtime clubs. They were captivated by his enthusiastic and fun approach. He wowed them with little tricks, kept them challenged throughout and had great tips on their ‘ready position’ and top spin. The girls all got to hit some balls with him, an opportunity that proved an excellent motivator. He praised their shots and high-fived the winners.
Tim was impressed with the girls’ skills, and commented that they must all play quite a bit of tennis.
After the coaching session Tim talked to the whole school about some of the highlights of his own tennis career, which started at the age of three. As well as playing some fantastic tennis tournaments and opponents, his personal highlights included carrying the Olympic torches, which he brought with him from the 2004 and 2008 Games, and his silver Olympic medal from Atlanta in 1996.
Tim answered questions from the girls and staff members on subjects varying from his top service speed, his resting heart rate and his idols in tennis. He willingly posed for photos and signed racket covers as well as letting everyone hold the Olympic torches and Olympic medal.
Wimbledon is a special place for Tim and we look forward to all seeing him on the television commentating next week.
Please click here to view the Tim Henman photo gallery.
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