Portsmouth pupils are inspired by talk by Paralympian skier Talan

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PUPILS at Wimborne Junior School in Southsea were treated to an inspirational talk from a Paralympian.

Talan Skeels–Piggins, who competed in the Vancouver Winter Paralympics in 2010 for Great Britain, told children about his journey. He was left paralysed from the chest down following a road traffic accident in 2003 but went on to recover and realise his dream of skiing for his country.

Mr Skeels-Piggins studied at the University of Portsmouth.

The children were enthralled with his story, which included how he carried the Olympic torch through Bath earlier this year.

He has retired from skiing and has set up a charity to help disabled people get back on bikes, as well as coaching able-bodied and disabled people how to ski.

Fran Bierton, whose daughter Jessica attends the school and read out an introduction before the talk, said: ‘He was good enough to bring the torch into the school and the children were blown away by it.’