Paralympic hero returns to her old school

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Paralympic hero Jessica Frezza returned to her alma mata this month, to show students at St Gregory’s Middle School in Biddenham what she needed to compete at London 2012.

The Bedfordian athlete, who is a below-knee amputee and was part of the 2012 sitting volleyball team, now plays for Loughborough Lions as a setter, but her younger sister Sabrina is still a pupil at St Greg’s.

She gave Year 6 students a lesson in sitting volleyball, and talked to them about her career, meeting Usain Bolt, and going four years without eating McDonald’s.

Jessica cites her middle school PE teacher Graham Millie as her biggest influence, and he was at the school to welcome her back.

He said: “Jessica was a real inspiration to everyone when she was a pupil here, and with everything she’s done since she is still an inspiration.

“She took part in everything when she was at St Greg’s, she even came to the south of France to do water sports and was treated like everybody else.

“She has achieved so much, and now we are going to add a new module in our sports curriculum, teaching our children sitting volleyball, goalball, boccia and indoor curling.”