Paralympic star visits school pupils

Paralympian Wendy Smith who represented Team GB at Athens 2004 in Wheelchair Basketball visited Pot Kiln Primary School ANL-160119-154402009
Paralympian Wendy Smith who represented Team GB at Athens 2004 in Wheelchair Basketball visited Pot Kiln Primary School ANL-160119-154402009
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A paralympic star was guest of honour at a Great Cornard school to launch a new sports initiative.

Paralympian Wendy Smith, who competed in the 2004 Athens Paralympics as part of the Great Britain basketball team, helped launch an Olympic inspired Programme ‘Be the Best you can Be!’ at Pot Kiln Primary School on Tuesday last week.

The scheme enables young people to discover and develop the unique potential within themselves and inspires, engages and empowers them to pursue and fulfil their dreams.

It has been developed as an educational legacy going beyond sport and far beyond the inspiration of London 2012 to inspire the youth of Britain.

Dr David Hemery CBE, Olympic gold medallist, former world record holder for the 400m hurdles and founder of 21st Century Legacy said: “Everyone has a spark of greatness within them and through a combination of dreams and practical application they can achieve their potential, as long as they positively set their mind to it, believe in themselves and are prepared to work hard.”

As part of the programme Paralympians shared their story of how success is a journey with the need to overcome inevitable setbacks. 

The launch will be followed by further themes designed to help young people discover the skills they need to follow their dreams and to begin their own journey.

It will conclude with a celebration event where pupils and teachers share what they have learnt.

Toni Davis, headteacher at Pot Kiln Primary School said:“I was determined that our school would be one of the schools to undertake the programme.

“The inspiration offered by high achievers including Olympians and Paralympians who strive to achieve their dreams is incredibly powerful and can really reach out and engage our young people.”