Olympics are already providing inspiration

Former Olympic 400m runner Mark Richardson with (l-r) pupils Candice Lewis (7), Connor Heath (5), Rupali Thapa (7), Gabriel Southern (6), Hope Baker (6) and Jacob Vordzogbe (5).  Picture: Sarah Standing (120642-1605)
Former Olympic 400m runner Mark Richardson with (l-r) pupils Candice Lewis (7), Connor Heath (5), Rupali Thapa (7), Gabriel Southern (6), Hope Baker (6) and Jacob Vordzogbe (5). Picture: Sarah Standing (120642-1605)
Yachts taking part in last years Clipper Round the World Race			             	  Picture: onEdition

‘Team spirit’ will keep us buoyant on global challenge

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Youngsters are on a path to ‘achieving their dreams’ thanks to an Olympics-inspired programme that is lifting the lid on how our leading athletes succeeded in life.

Grange Infants in Gosport is now officially signed up to the Be Your Best programme, which aims to engage and empower boys and girls to fulfil their potential right across the curriculum.

Former Olympic 400m runner Mark Richardson launched the school’s exciting new commitment with a talk about his success, but also the ups and downs of achieving his goals.

He discussed the frustrations he faced and stressed the importance of perseverance, never giving up, and having a ‘plan B’ in case things don’t go as planned.

His visit made a huge impact on youngsters who are already planning high-flying careers.

Gabriel Southern, six, says: ‘The Olympics are going to be awesome! There are so many events like BMX, football, shooting and diving.

‘I’m going to be in the Olympics when I’m older – I’ll have to practice. I’d like to do the diving just like I saw on the news.’

Connor Heath, five, says: ‘I’m good at running, just like my brothers. I’m really fast but I know I need lots of energy and I need to exercise to get better if I’m going to be the best.

‘But it’s not just about sport – I’m a good reader. Sometimes it’s hard but I persevere and I collaborate with my friends so we can all get better together.’

Sam Myers, deputy head, says: ‘We are all so excited about being part of the programme – we want to challenge and inspire the children.

‘Having the Olympics in London is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for our children and for the staff to be part of something really special and to embrace the Olympic values.

‘Not only will the children be caught up in the spirit of the games, but they will also explore their own talents and strengths in all areas of the curriculum.’

Grange Infants have set up a challenge to develop their physical ‘personal bests’ right across PE, including skipping, long jump and speed bouncing.

Children will be reviewed each half-term to measure how much progress they have made.