NEVER give up and keep on trying until you achieve your goals.
That’s the simple advice champion diver Peter Waterfield had for pupils on a visit to Boundary Oak School in Fareham.
The 33-year-old four-time Olympian was there as part of a Sports in Schools programme aimed at encouraging youngsters to get active. Mr Waterfield led circuit training sessions with more than 90 pupils from Years 4 to 8.
He said: ‘We did training and I did a demonstration of the exercises I used to do.
‘I told them about my story and tried to inspire them. We want to inspire people to get active.’
Head girl Florrie Ranson, 11, of Clanfield, said the Olympian’s visit had everyone excited.
The Year 7 pupil said: ‘I don’t usually like sports but this has been the best thing.
‘We’ve all got involved and I can safely say we’ve all had a lot of fun.’
Mr Waterfield, who lives in Southampton, won silver at Athens in 2004 – the UK’s first diving medal since 1960. He won gold for his 10m dive at the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester.
At the 2012 London Olympics, he paired with Tom Daley in the synchronized diving events.
The Sports in Schools programme encourages pupils to fundraise for good causes and by organising athletes’ visits to schools.
To get Mr Waterfield to visit, pupils raised £500, and of that 60 per cent will go to the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit at Southampton General Hospital.
Headteacher Hazel Kellett said: ‘It’s a huge motivation for the children to have someone who’s been to the Olympic Games.
‘Because the last Olympics were in London the kids remember them and are all clued up with it.
‘We’re very keen on sport here because it gives kids a sense of self-worth and of improving what they do.
‘They feel so special when they take part in a cross-country and smash a time that they’ve done before.’
The school’s head of sport Joe Davis, 28, said: ‘It’s a fantastic thing that we’ve been able to introduce the kids to a world-class athlete to help inspire them into sport.’
Leslie Lewis is a volunteer with the Friends of the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit.
She said she was delighted the school had fundraised for the unit.
She said: ‘It’s fantastic that the children wanted to support a local children’s charity.’