FORMER Olympic sprinter Donna Fraser was guest of honour at St Benedict’s School prize-giving on Monday in Ealing Abbey.

Addressing pupils, parents and staff, Donna explained how watching the 1984 Olympics on television as a child inspired her ambition to become an Olympian.

In 1996 she achieved her goal, when she ran the 400 metres in Atlanta.

Donna went on to represent the UK at three other Olympics – Sydney, Athens and Beijing - and won medals at the World Championships, Europeans and Commonwealth Games.

She told her audience: “Set your goals from now and always strive to be the very best you can be.”

Headmaster Andrew Johnson gave his final prize-giving speech before retiring in July after 17 years of headship. “

He encouraged pupils to discover their unique gifts and use them to the full. “Follow where your heart leads you, strive to succeed and always go the extra mile,” he said.

Prizes were awarded to pupils in the Lower Sixth and Years 7-10. Those in Years 11 and the Upper Sixth received their prizes before their public exams began.