Gold medal winning sports star inspires school pupils
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.