OLYMPIA LON­DON

Surrey Life - - Travel -

solo. I started up the ‘Three Peaks Chal­lenge’ when I ar­rived, which be­gan as a set of high ropes built for those chil­dren who didn’t con­sider them­selves sporty – it was a way to in­clude every­one.

It is a fan­tas­tic fa­cil­ity, which ed­u­cates in the life skills of team­build­ing, lead­er­ship, prob­lem solv­ing, ini­tia­tive and health and safety. It has grown into an award-win­ning out­door pur­suits cen­tre and I am proud to say that now it not only teaches our chil­dren these skills, but also chil­dren and adults from across the lo­cal area and be­yond.

Most top sports peo­ple would ad­mit that they got into their sport be­cause they tried it, en­joyed it and wanted to do more. I never for­get that and en­sure I lead with en­thu­si­asm and pro­mote good sports­man­ship, re­mind­ing the chil­dren that we com­pete to en­joy our­selves and that win­ing is a bonus. I am sure that this ap­proach has been in­stru­men­tal in Barfield punch­ing above its size for sport and con­trib­uted to our win­ning re­sults, in­clud­ing be­ing named in the top 50 Prep Schools for Cricket. Our chil­dren have also won 19 Sports Schol­ar­ships to lead­ing Se­nior Schools in re­cent years.

Favourite sport? My favourite spec­ta­tor sport is Foot­ball, but I love all sports.

Favourite sports peo­ple? I ad­mire Roger Federer. He has learned to take de­feat and bounce back. He is im­mac­u­late in the way he con­ducts him­self. He is a true and out­stand­ing sports­man. My favourite sportswoman is prob­a­bly Jes­sica En­nis-hill. She also em­bod­ies all the char­ac­ter­is­tics that I ad­mire in a com­peti­tor.

Name three sports peo­ple you would like to in­vite to your school Roger Federer, Jes­icca En­nis-hill and Bear Grylls, the lat­ter to try out our Three Peaks Chal­lenge!

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