Gold medal win­ning sports star in­spires school pupils

The Oban Times - - NEWS -

SCOT­LAND’s first gym­nas­tics Com­mon­wealth Games gold medal­list vis­ited Kin­lochleven High School last week.

Steve Frew made his­tory for Scot­land when he won the men’s rings event in Manch­ester in 2002. He vis­ited the school last Wed­nes­day and Thurs­day (Novem­ber 9 and 10) as a Liv­ing For Sport men­tor in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Sky Sports.

Head teacher Re­becca Machin told The Oban Times Steve worked mostly with se­nior pupils, look­ing at so­cial, emo­tional and men­tal as­pects of per­for­mance.

He also worked with S2 pupils, vis­it­ing Kin­lochlovin’ as they pre­pare for their Christ­mas fayres, and gave a whole school assem­bly, which was very mo­ti­va­tional.

He then stayed be­hind and gave up his own time to work and train with the school’s gym- nas­tics club af­ter school, which was a real treat.

Mrs Machin added: ‘We are very lucky to have such a won­der­ful role model at­tached to our school.

‘He was a gen­uine in­spi­ra­tion to our young­sters. We are all grate­ful to Steve and to Sky Sports for or­gan­is­ing this for us.’ Kim Boa, one of Kin­lochleven’s Ac­tive Schools Co- or­di­na­tors said: ‘ We are very lucky and so ap­pre­cia­tive to have a gold medal­list com­ing to visit and work with our gym­nasts.

‘He taught us all to think big. It was fab­u­lous.’

A ca­reer span­ning 23 years has seen Steve Frew rep­re­sent Great Bri­tain at two world cham­pi­onships and com­pete for Scot­land at five Com­mon­wealth Games.

Pupils ‘Kin­loch-loved’ hav­ing Steve Frew at their school.

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