Stu­dents set goals with an Olympic star

Nuneaton Telegraph - - NEWS -

TWO Year 10 stu­dents from The Avon Val­ley School met dou­ble Olympic gold medal­list Dame Kelly Holmes at a cel­e­bra­tion event.

Char­lotte Oliver and Paulina Ja­worska took part in the AQA Un­lock­ing Po­ten­tial pro­gramme, which is run jointly by exam board AQA and the Dame Kelly Holmes Trust to raise stu­dents’ as­pi­ra­tions for fu­ture life goals.

The stu­dents are nom­i­nated by teach­ers who be­lieve they would ben­e­fit from men­tor­ing by an ath­lete, who helps to in­crease con­fi­dence, self-be­lief and mo­ti­va­tion.

Char­lotte and Paulina par­tic­i­pated in the eight month pro­gramme, dur- ing which they were men­tored by War­wick­shire’s Par­a­lympic skier Anna Tur­ney. The pair reg­u­larly met with Anna who guided and helped them to or­gan­ise a com­mu­nity project which ben­e­fit­ted oth­ers.

Char­lotte’s project took her to Age UK’s Bloomin Group – a so­cial group based at The Clare­mont Cen­tre which sup­ports ladies aged 70 to 100 years old – to spend time with the ladies and help them to make cards.

Paulina’s com­mu­nity project was cen­tred on sup­port­ing young peo­ple with se­ri­ous ill­nesses and their fam­i­lies. Paulina teamed up with Molly Olly’s Wishes char­ity and planted a But­ter­fly Wish­ing Tree at Zoe’s Place Hospice in Coven­try, where chil­dren can write their wishes on but­ter­flies which are then placed on the tree.

The pro­gramme cul­mi­nated in a cel­e­bra­tion grad­u­a­tion event hosted at Mill­bank Tower over­look­ing West­min­ster.

As well as meet­ing Dame Kelly Holmes dur­ing the event, Char­lotte and Paulina met a num­ber of other ath­letes. They said: “Work­ing with Anna has been amaz­ing, she has sup­ported us both so much.

“The event in Lon­don was awesome and it was ex­cit­ing to hear and meet Dame Kelly Holmes.”

Avon Val­ley stu­dents Paulina Ja­worska and Char­lotte Oliver with Olympic ath­lete Dame Kelly Holmes

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