Kate Grey, Paralympic swimmer pays a visit to The Commonweal School.
Staff and pupils give their account of Kate’s visit.
Polly Long, Commonweal PE Outreach Teacher:
"Kate Grey spent the morning working the pupils practically and also telling them about herself and her story of how she became a Paralympic swimmer.
"Kate is an athlete mentor for the Youth Sports Trust. At Commonweal we have been running Sky living for sport projects over the past 3 years helping and supporting a variety of different groups of pupils to develop and progress in sport and life long skills.
"This year Kate came in to launch our new project which is due to start in the next couple of weeks.
"She inspired and helped numerous pupils including a year 8 girls group, young ambassadors and sports leaders and the pupils from the physically impaired unit.
"It was a brilliant morning and a pleasure and inspiration to welcome Kate to the school.
"We wish her all the best for Rio 2016".
Steve Coward, Head of SENCO:
“It was a real treat to have Kate Grey in talking to students with a physical disability and showing them how she became a paralympian using her strengths rather than focusing on her disability.
"With a number of ex-students already successful in the world of wheelchair tennis and wheelchair basketball, as well as several of the older students being involved in more local wheelchair basketball events, students already have some fantastic role models in the sporting world. Having Kate here to talk to them about her progress through the disabled swimming world only goes to further develop the aims and aspirations we hope we are developing alongside the academic progress the students will make in Commonweal".
Alice Cochrane, Yr 8:
“I enjoyed doing the activities especially on the benches. Kate’s story was really good and inspirational, especially for those who want to exceed in sport.”
Verity Tricky, Yr 8:
“Really fun! Definitely improved my team work skills. Kate’s story inspired me to never give up!”
Pictured: l to r, Louise Fisher, Xander Gibbons, Brandon Humphries, Declan Newman