Olympian’s back­ing for pupils’ dreams

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Helping Others - By Kristina Cur­tis

Great Chart Pri­mary School is now tak­ing part in a pro­gramme that stemmed from the 2012 Lon­don Olympics.

The Be The Best You Can Be! pro­gramme was de­vel­oped by 21st Cen­tury Legacy and runs work­shops to in­spire chil­dren and help them discover and de­velop their own po­ten­tial and to en­cour­age them to pur­sue and ful­fil their dreams.

Ali­son Mow­bray – 2004 Olympian row­ing medal­list – vis­ited the pri­mary school last week to launch the pro­gramme by shar­ing her story of her jour­ney to suc­cess and the chal­lenges she faced.

Wendy Pang, head teacher said: “I was de­ter­mined that our school would un­der­take the Be The Best You Can Be! pro­gramme as it rolls out na­tion­ally.

“The in­spi­ra­tion of­fered by high achiev­ers, in­clud­ing Olympians and Par­a­lympians who strive to achieve their dreams, is in­cred­i­bly pow­er­ful and can re­ally reach out and en­gage our young peo­ple.

“I was pleased to welcome Ali­son Mow­bray to launch our pro­gramme and my teach­ers and I look for­ward to de­liv­er­ing this ex­cit­ing and trans­for­ma­tional pro­gramme.”

The launch was fol­lowed by fur­ther themes which are de­signed to help young peo­ple discover the skills they need to follow their dreams and to be­gin their own suc­cess­ful jour­ney.

For­mer hur­dler Dr David He­mery is an Olympic Gold medal­list and for­mer world record holder as well as the founder of the 21st Cen­tury Legacy.

He said: “Ev­ery­one has a spark of great­ness within them and through a com­bi­na­tion of dreams and prac­ti­cal ap­pli­ca­tion they can achieve their po­ten­tial, as long as they pos­i­tively set their mind to it, be­lieve in them­selves and are pre­pared to work hard.”

Pic­tures: Paul Amos FM4944713 Buy pic­tures from ken­ton­line.co.uk

Olympic sculler Ali­son Mow­bray joins young­sters to launch To Be The Best You Can Be! pro­gramme


Ali­son Mow­bray with Car­men

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