Sports students on track to meet paralympic star

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STAR sport pupils have been stepping up their game to work with world class paralympic athlete – martial artist Ian Rose.

Students from The Henry Cort Community College in Fareham, signed up to become sports leaders and have been taking part in a national sport leadership programme.

Year 9 students Georgia McNee, Laura Irvine, Georgie Dean, Gracie Jacobs, John Forrestall, Jack Webber and Tom Farlow joined a leadership training conference called the A Step into Sport at the Mountbatten Centre in North End, Portsmouth.

The programme is part of an initiative run by Bath University and led by students from the University of Portsmouth.

As well as learning about sports leadership, Henry Cort pupils Keaton Spry, 12, and Casey Spry, 15, went to a gymnastics competition at Fareham Academy and demonstrated the sport to 17 primary schools.

Henry Cort pupils have been working alongside students from the Mary Rose Academy in Gisors Road, Milton, to develop fun sport sessions as part of their training.

The students are now planning to meet paralympic athlete Ian Rose, the winner of two paralympic medals, five World championships and four European championships.

Henry Cort’s executive principal Phil Munday said: ‘We are delighted that our sport leaders have taken on exciting new challenges. I am sure that all the young people involved will have a fantastic time.’