Paralympian inspires students to ‘aim high’

Students with Paralympian Elizabeth Wright
Students with Paralympian Elizabeth Wright
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STUDENTS from Castle View Academy were inspired to aim high during a motivational talk by Paralympic silver medalist, Elizabeth Wright.

The Australian swimmer spoke to the students about her journey to the Sydney Paralympic Games in 2000. During her talk she spoke of the adversity she had overcome and how at the age of 13 she set herself the goal of competing in her home country’s Games. 

Student Courtney said: ‘Her story was so inspirational. It shows that no matter what you think of yourself, you can always achieve your dreams if you work hard and persevere. That is part of the pledge I made today – to not give up on myself or those around me.’

The Paralympian’s talk formed part of the school’s Education with Character launch which aims to instil the key values of ambition, determination and kindness.

Education with Character coordinator, Laura Watford, said: ‘The idea of educating children holistically is not new but it is so easily overlooked when we are pressed for academic results. The three values we identified were chosen by the students themselves which means they have bought into the concept of Education with Character. Hearing Elizabeth Wright’s story has really reinforced these values with our students.’