Par­a­lympian fencer in­spires stu­dents

Macclesfield Express - - THE LAUGHING BADGER -

A MUL­TI­PLE GB fenc­ing cham­pion and Par­a­lympian dropped in to Tyther­ing­ton School on a cam­paign trail to talk about his ex­pe­ri­ences.

Adrian Der­byshire came to speak to year eight stu­dents at the school as part of his cam­paign, en­ti­tled ‘Com­mu­nity out­reach to stamp out stigma, bul­ly­ing and hate crime’.

He gave a mo­ti­va­tional speech to them about his per­se­ver­ance af­ter be­ing told he had just five days to live fol­low­ing a brain haem­or­rhage 10 years ago.

It was af­ter this life-chang­ing event that Adrian be­came a Par­a­lympic fencer.

He told stu­dents of the motto he uses: “In­spire, Be­lieve, Suc­ceed.”

He also shared his own ex­pe­ri­ences of hate crime and bul­ly­ing, some­thing he is cam­paign­ing to raise aware­ness of through his vis­its to dif­fer­ent schools.

Stu­dents were in­spired by the mov­ing story of Adrian’s jour­ney to the Olympics.

They were also de­lighted to wit­ness first­hand the Olympic flame, which Adrian brought over from Greece af­ter be­ing a torch bearer for the 2012 Olympics.

Pupils at the school also had the op­por­tu­nity to try on Adrian’s medals, his fenc­ing cos­tume and to carry both the torch and the flame lan­tern them­selves.

Em­manuel Botwe, head­teacher, said: “This re­ally is a fan­tas­tic op­por­tu­nity for all our stu­dents.

“Adrian’s story is just re­mark­able.

“It in­spires us all to be the very best that we can be.”

The visit took place as part of a se­ries of days the school calls ROSE Days (Re­spect Oth­ers, Self and the En­vi­ron­ment), where stu­dents are asked to re­flect on their con­tri­bu­tion to the com­mu­nity.

Pupils have taken part in a range of ac­tiv­i­ties in­clud­ing cake sales, spon­sored runs and car washes.

All the events to­gether have raised more than £1,000 for a range of char­i­ties.

●● Adrian Der­byshire (cen­tre) with pupils and staff at Tyther­ing­ton School (from left) Manny Botwe, Will Parish, Emma San­bach, Daniel Murdock and Michael Clarke

●● The vic­to­ri­ous Marl­bor­ough Pri­mary School girls’ foot­ball team

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