On the 7th of December, Orleans Primary had the privilege of meeting, listening to and speaking with Olympic medallist Andy Turner.
The retired track and field athlete shared his personal and inspiring story of a how young boy who began to lose competitions because he did not put in his full effort changed to someone who dedicated himself to his sport, using perseverance and determination to succeed. However, as it is not possible to win every race, Andy also spoke about the disappointment that understandably comes with losing, but highlighted the importance of congratulating and supporting his fellow competitors out of respect for the sport and them.
All children from Year 1 to 6 had a chance to watch videos from different Olympic Games and other competitions from around the world and ask questions. Some of the children even had their photos taken holding medals.
It was a fantastic opportunity for the children to see a real life example of how if you dedicate yourself to achieving a goal you can succeed.
“I thought it was a really good message to show someone who did not always listen or try hard, but could change their life around” – Year 6 student
“That was really inspiring; it showed how he did stuff, and that I can too!” - Year 3 student
“One day I want to jump hurdles and get the fastest at it” – Year 1 student
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