Tim Prendergast Paralympian T13 800m gold medallist came to Commonweal School for the day on Wednesday 20 April after the school won a competition to have an athlete for the day from the Get Set road to Rio programme.
Tim spent the day interacting with staff and students in numerous ways. Tim managed to inspire and support the Year 11s in preparation for their exams, cross curricular aspects in ‘how science enhances his performance’ and also delivered a number of practical sessions with a range of groups within school including the PI (Physically Impaired) unit.
“Having Tim come to the school is a fantastic opportunity to enhance learning and for the students to be able to relate to him and use his experience to benefit their own lives in a positive way,” said teacher Polly Long who organised the visit.
“It was really good to meet Tim. We got to learn about how he worked around his disability and he explained how his disability affected him. It was really interesting to learn about his visual impairment.” – Declan Newman Yr 10.
“It was great fun! I really enjoyed playing football with Tim. It was so interesting to learn about how he runs independently (without a guide) on the running track.” – Xander Gibbons Yr 10.
“Playing football with Tim was brilliant. It’s inspiring to know that if you have a disability and you keep trying, you can reach your goals.” – Kian Conde Yr 10.
“Tim was fantastic with our students and is a truly incredible athlete! He gave our students valuable insight into the Paralympic world and how he has overcome many obstacles in order to achieve his goals. Tim’s Paralympic journey whilst experiencing significant loss of vision was absolutely inspirational.
Tim worked with the PI students on various team games and the atmosphere was electric! We would like to thank Tim for his hard work and wish him the best of luck with the London Marathon this weekend!,” said Crystal Clifford Teacher of SEND / PI SRP Manager.