Young gazelles get going at new Saturday morning athletics class in Wokingham


THEY say you should never work with children or animals, but one fitness fan is proving that the old adage is very wrong after welcoming a gazelle to her athletic sessions for the borough’s youngsters.

On Saturday, Gogo the Gazelle made a special visit to Wokingham, where he encouraged a new generation of young athletes to get active.

The super-sized mascot high-fived youngsters at the new Wokingham Mini Athletics classes,  which aims to teach children aged two to seven a range of athletics skills and movements through games and fun activities.

There are three age ranges: Didee Athletes for ages two to three-and-a-half, Little Athletes for ages three-and-a-half to five and Mini Athletes, for those aged five to seven.

The classes, which run at the Floreat Montague Park Primary School on Saturday mornings, are based around Gogo’s adventures, and he joined in the activities, spurring the groups on, holding the finishing tape and handing out high fives and cuddles for the happy youngsters.

Lucy Keen, Head Coach and Franchise Director of Mini Athletics East Berkshire and Camberley, said: “We really enjoyed welcoming Gogo the Gazelle to class.

“He is a larger-than-life character with a real spring in his step and along with the coaches he will be helping the children to learn athletics skills that can be used in a wide variety of sports.

“We hope Gogo will capture their imaginations and help encourage them to enjoy an active lifestyle.”

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