Olympic Athlete Mentoring

Newton Abbot College students were thrilled when Heather Fell, the 2008 Olympic Silver Medallist and modern pentathlon athlete, came to visit.  During the course of the day, Heather talked about her journey to becoming an Olympic athlete, achieving her dream and winning a silver medal in 2008. Heather also ran a Sports Nutrition session for the students and finished the day with a range of fun and exciting practical activities.  During this part of the day, Heather put the students through their paces doing similar practical sessions to the ones she did for her Olympic training. The students were very inquisitive and inspired by Helen’s story and gained a unique insight into what it takes to reach the top and become an elite athlete. [caption id="attachment_7290" align="aligncenter" width="577"]Heather Fell (left) with Newton Abbot College students. Heather Fell (left) with Newton Abbot College students.[/caption] Ian Patchett, Teacher of PE, said “It was a fantastic, action-packed day for our students.  It is very rare for students to be given these types of opportunities, where they can meet sporting icons who can share their story and hopefully inspire the students to achieve their sporting goals, whatever they may be!” Students who took part in this event will now take part in the College’s Sports Leadership programme to help plan and deliver an athletics festival to local primary schools in the summer term.

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