New scholars inspire

New scholars Holly Bleasdale and Sam Oldham speak to Sky Sports News

Last Updated: 04/09/13 12:54pm

Sam Oldham: Won team bronze at the London Games in 2012

Holly Bleasdale: Reached the Olympic pole vault final last year

Holly Bleasdale: Reached the Olympic pole vault final last year

New scholars Holly Bleasdale and Sam Oldham joined Sky Sports News on Friday to discuss being part of the programme and their aims ahead of the Rio 2016 Olympics.

Holly Bleasdale and Sam Oldham speak to Sky Sports News about what being a Sky scholar means to them.

Bleasdale, who holds the British pole vault record, and Oldham, who was part of the men's team that won bronze in London last summer, were named in the latest group of Sky Scholars on Friday.

And while both Olympians have high hopes for the Rio Games, Oldham told Sky Sports News about his plans to invent a new gymnastics move.

Bleasdale, who won gold at this year's European Indoor Championships, said: "It's really important in events like pole vault and athletics to get kids involved in sport.

"Going in and showing them what pole vault is about - I've had quite a few tweets saying my kid saw you and been inspired to take it up and that is massive for me. Just inspiring even a couple of people is massive.

"I had a really good time in London it was my first Olympics so I'm just going to take the experience from that and take it forward to Rio. I'd really like to come away with a gold from there."

And three-time European junior champion Oldham added: "I think being a Sky Scholar will help me as an athlete get to the next level and to that next stage.

"In gymnastics if you do a new skill or gymnastics move it gets named after you and put in the dictionary. Beth Tweddle had a skill named after her and it's something I've been working on with my coach.

"Leading up to Rio it's something I'll be working on in the gym."