St Bart’s Students Learn from Double Gold Medallist

On Thursday 25 January, a group of St Bart’s Sports Leaders, who show particular promise or achievement in sport, were selected by their teachers to attend a Berkshire Young Activators Training Day. 

The students heard from Double Gold Medallist, Graham Edmunds, the Paralympic Swimmer. He inspired them with recollections of his recovery from a devastating motorcycle accident which almost led to the amputation of both his legs. After three months in casts he began swimming as part of his rehabilitation and subsequently began to train for the 2004 Summer Paralympics in Australia where, as part of a relay team, he won a gold medal on the day of his 30th birthday. He won a second gold medal in 2009 at the IPC Swimming European Championships in Reykjavik.

The students participated in workshops highlighting the importance of inclusion, session planning and sport ethics.

They said, “we all appreciated the opportunity to attend the training and are looking forward to applying our newly acquired and developed skills within our school. A big thanks to our teacher, Mrs Leach and Jess Allum, our sixth form Mentor Activator for taking us.”

Mrs Leach added “the aim now is that, under the supervision of their Mentor Activator, the Young Activators will lead a 6 week programme of sporting opportunities for students who would not normally attend extracurricular PE activities.  They will plan and provide exciting one off sporting opportunities at school to encourage those students to take part and enjoy physical activity. The training will therefore benefit many more students within our school community.”