Inspirational athletes visited Willesborough Junior School (whose core values are Resilience, Determination, Aspiration, Respect, Responsibility and Integrity) this week.
Amy Harris, a champion long-jumper who has represented Great Britain, and Ryan Raghoo, a Great Britain para-athlete told their inspirational stories at an emotional assembly, and then led the children in active sessions throughout the day.
Ryan, who has cerebral palsy, and whose doctors said he would never walk or talk, spent his first 7 years in a wheelchair, and having tried several different sports, now holds the Great Britain T36 Long Jump record, and is proud of his message of being ‘Enabled, not disabled’.
Amy loved sport as a child, and won the long jump gold medal at the 2004 Commonwealth Youth Games, followed by a silver medal at the UK championships in 2010. She brought both medals to show the children, and told them of the dedication required by athletes to succeed in sport, and to overcome injuries when they occur.
Willesborough Junior School PE leads, Ann Kelsey and Lucy Whiting said of the visit, “The Willesborough Junior School sports team were thrilled to see how inspired the children were, and our school values being demonstrated in such a positive way, in the promotion of inclusivity in sport. You can all do it!”