Olympic visitor carries spirit of games to Finmere

Olympic torch bearer Keith Jansz from Finmere visits Finmere Primary School.'120713M-A137
Olympic torch bearer Keith Jansz from Finmere visits Finmere Primary School.'120713M-A137

EXCITED pupils at Finmere Primary School had a visit from an Olympic torchbearer on Friday last week.

Artist Keith Jansz, from Mere Road in Finmere, was chosen to carry the Olympic flame through Stoke Mandeville earlier this month in recognition of his charity fundraising work.

Mr Jansz, 50, paints with a brush held in his mouth after a car accident in 1995 left him paralysed from the chest down.

Headteacher Veneeta Rayner said: “He brought the torch along with him and spoke to the children.

“He also brought photographs of him carrying the torch, and explained to the children how his wheelchair had been specially commissioned to hold the torch.

“He was incredibly inspirational and spoke to the children about it being his moment to shine.

“He shines from a community point of view because he gives so much back, and the community acknowledged him for that.”

Mrs Rayner added: “We’re a church school, and we’re always talking about shining a light.”

Three Finmere pupils also interviewed Mr Jansz for BBC radio, asking him questions including what he did before he became a torchbearer.