Yorkshire star cyclist Lizzie inspires pupils in home town visit

2015 World Champion Cyclist Lizzie Armitstead who was visiting Westgate Primary School in Otley where she answered questions from pupils and showed them her rainbow jersey and gold medal.  Lizzie won the title in Richmond, Virginia, USA last weekend.Picture Bruce Rollinson
2015 World Champion Cyclist Lizzie Armitstead who was visiting Westgate Primary School in Otley where she answered questions from pupils and showed them her rainbow jersey and gold medal. Lizzie won the title in Richmond, Virginia, USA last weekend.Picture Bruce Rollinson
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AS a child growing up in Yorkshire Lizzie Armitstead remembers a guest coming in to talk to pupils at her school assembly about cycling.

Today she returned to her old primary school, in Otley, to take centre stage at an event being held to celebrate her latest success.

2015 World Champion Cyclist Lizzie Armitstead who was visiting Westgate Primary School in Otley where she answered questions from pupils and showed them her rainbow jersey and gold medal.  Lizzie won the title in Richmond, Virginia, USA last weekend.  5 October 2015.  Picture Bruce Rollinson

2015 World Champion Cyclist Lizzie Armitstead who was visiting Westgate Primary School in Otley where she answered questions from pupils and showed them her rainbow jersey and gold medal. Lizzie won the title in Richmond, Virginia, USA last weekend. 5 October 2015. Picture Bruce Rollinson

Armitstead has just won the World Road Championships in Richmond, Virginia, adding to an already impressive season.

Two Otley primary schools, The Whartons and Westgate, welcomed her home this morning as she visited to show pupils her medal and rainbow jersey and to answer their many questions.

Julia Dickson, the head teacher of The Whartons Primary School where Armitstead was a former pupil said the cyclist was an inspiration for the children there.

She said: “Lizzie was telling them that she was once sat where they were and even remembered an assembly about cycling. It is great for the children because she came from the same place as them and it does make them think that if they work hard enough they could achieve the success Lizzie has.”

She also visited Westgate Primary today as part of the an event organised by Otley Town Council to celebrate her success.

She was introduced by the town’s mayor Coun Philip Bye who hailed her latest success and wished her well for the Olympics next year in Rio, Brazil.

Otley Town Council’s community development officer Jason Knowles said: “We wanted to hold an event to mark Lizzie’s success. We would also like to have a larger civic celebration for her. Lizzie is such a great ambassador for Otley and everyone in the town follows her career and she just keeps winning. When we arrived at the schools pupils were lining up at the fence for the chance to see her.”