BROUGHTON Gifford Primary School pupils were treated to a special visit from a BMX freestyler who has a Guinness World Record to his name.
Matti Hemmings is among the best BMX freestylers in the world and currently holds the world record for most BMX cliffhanger spins with one foot on the handle bars in one minute, setting the record with 56 spins.
He was also involved with the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay that travelled across the UK for 70 days, performing BMX demonstrations to large crowds of over 80,000.
The demonstration and lesson given to the pupils at St Mary’s, Broughton Gifford Primary School, was part of the ‘Bike it Plus’ scheme the school is currently involved with. The scheme encourages more children to get more physically active. The project in Wiltshire is all about getting children and young people active on the school run by walking, cycling or scooting.
Jo Collett who is the Bike-It Plus officer for Wiltshire attended the event at Broughton Gifford with Matti. She said, “Today has been great and the children seemed to have loved it. We really want more children to get involved and use more healthy means of getting to school. If this helps inspire them to get on their bikes then fantastic.”
BMX freestyler Matti Hemmings said, “I have really enjoyed coming to Broughton Gifford today. The kids have been great and really got involved and engaged in what I have been showing them and teaching them. They impressed me with how good they were.”