Gold medal-winning London 2012 cyclist pays inspirational visit to Islington school after �6million upgrade

A Paralympics champion paid an inspirational visit to a primary school as it celebrates a multi-million pound makeover.

Star cyclist Mark Colbourne – who set a new world record in claiming the C1 Individual 3km Pursuit gold medal – cut the ribbon on Hanover Primary School’s massive �6million refurbishment last Thursday, November 22.

The Grade II-listed school in Noel Road, Islington, has seen a raft of improvements including a new hall for sports and assemblies and being made fully wheelchair-accessible.

While he was there, Mr Colborune took the time to show pupils his medals and answer their questions.

Cllr Richard Watt’s, Islington Council’s executive member for children and families, said: “I’m sure Mark Colbourne’s visit to the school will inspire the pupils to make the most of their brand new sports hall.”

Other improvements include enlarged classrooms, a new bright and airy library, new kitchen and dining area and a new entrance and foyer with views of Regent’s Canal.

Headteacher Amanda Reese said: “We are delighted with the refurbishment of our school building and really enjoying the benefits that having a large new hall bring.

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“The whole project has gone very smoothly and, despite the trials of 15 months of building work, morale remained high among the staff, pupils and their families.”