SONY DSCA Paralympic champion returned to the borough today (9 July) after inspiring Sutton youngsters to be the best they can be.

Retired judo star Ian Rose - who performed in the London 2012 Opening ceremony – visited Hackbridge Primary School this morning to present medals to children after they completed an Olympic inspired programme.

Be The Best You Can Be was set up by Olympic Gold medallist David Hemery to encourage children to overcome any barriers in their way and achieve success in whatever fields interest them.

Ian, who competed in five Paralympic Games winning a silver medal in Athens and a bronze in Atlanta, had previously visited Hackbridge Primary School in January to give an inspirational talk to students and get them thinking about the programme.

During his visit Ian also officially opened a new multi-purpose Sports Zone in the schools playground which aims to encourage children to try sports including football, basketball and climbing.

Ian said: “When I came to Hackbrige in January I spoke to the children about setting themselves a goal and seeing it through. I can see that since my last visit a lot of time has been given by the children to thinking about what they want to achieve. This is the goal of our programme – Be The Best You Can Be. It aims to inspire youngsters to reach for the stars and break down barriers. Coming away from Hackbridge, I’ve got a good feeling that great things will happen for these children in their future fields.”

Hackbridge teacher Vici Williams said: “The children were really thrilled by Ian’s visit earlier in January and have worked really hard on the programme since. I think Ian was really impressed by what he saw today.”