Athlete shares sporting success

Pupils at Abronhill High welcomed Paralympic sitting volleyball and Paracanoe sprint star Emma Wiggs to the school as part of a unique project.

Thursday, 26th September 2013, 9:30 am

The athlete visited on Friday, September 20, for pupils to take part in the Sky Sports Living for Sport project.

The free UK secondary schools initiative, in partnership with the Youth Sport Trust, uses sport stars and sporting skills to boost confidence, change behaviours, increase attainment and improve life skills.

Emma was handpicked to become a mentor to the pupils because of her unique personal journey, overcoming a range of challenges to achieve sporting success.

During the visit, she shared her experiences with the group and used her story of triumph over adversity to support teachers at Abronhill High to motivate the pupils to be the best they can be.

Elinor Steel, principal teacher of PE at Abronhill High, said: “Emma’s visit was an inspiring reward for our pupils who have shown great commitment and dedication to their Sky Sports Living for Sport project. The students loved hearing Emma’s story and sharing their experiences of their project with her.

“Most importantly, our young people have learned first-hand that sport can teach them so much. Whether it is the social skills needed to be a team player or the focus and determination required to do a job well, Sky Sports Living for Sport is helping them to learn important life lessons.”

Emma added: “I came away from Abronhill High feeling incredibly inspired by the commitment of the young people I met.

“Hearing how the pupils are putting their new skills and lessons they have learned into practice is a fantastic

example of how sport has the power to change lives.”

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