Olympian Craig Stevens delivers a challenge

INSPIRATION: Swimmer Craig Stevens with Floraville Public School pupils, from left, Ashton Adams, 6, April Brackley, 6, and Gisele Sinclair, 8. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

CHILDREN in the Hunter had a visit from Olympian Craig Stevens yesterday, aimed at inspiring them to be healthy and active.

Stevens, a successful swimmer, is best known for giving up his 400-metre place at the Athens Olympics to Ian Thorpe.

With the latest available data showing 20per cent of Hunter kids are overweight, Stevens had a message for parents: nutrition and exercise should be a whole-of-family concern.

“Parents have such an important role, it’s not just about kids being active,” he said.

Stevens stopped at Floraville Public School and Brooke Avenue Public School yesterday as part of the Premier’s Sporting Challenge. It is a program established to teach NSW students about physical activity and healthy lifestyles.

“All the children were really receptive and asked lots of good questions,” Stevens said.

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