Paralympian teaches Cumbrian pupils life skills

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Paralympian Rik Waddon with students from St Benedict's School, Whitehaven. Submitted.
Paralympian Rik Waddon with students from St Benedict's School, Whitehaven. Submitted.
20 March 2017 5:02PM

A Paralympian medal winner popped into a Whitehaven school to help students develop life skills.

Rik Waddon, a silver medalist in Beijing 2008 and London 2012 in track cycling, visited the PE department at St Benedict's School to spend a day with a group of year nine pupils.

The visit, which was organised as part of Sky Sports' Living for Sport scheme, involved a mix of classroom and practical activities.

"Rik was an inspiration to the girls and taught them to aim high and achieve their sporting goals," said PE teacher Faye Murray, who organised the day.

The students worked on communication skills and team work, including building the tallest newspaper tower and a competition to see who could get their team through a hula hoop in the quickest time.

Waddon, who won his medals in the team sprint, said: "Working on the Sky Sports Living for Sport programme allows me to hopefully inspire students to apply themselves in the right way in order to achieve whatever they want to do in their lives.

"Not only can it be sport related, but what we as athlete mentors deliver can cross over into any aspect of a young person's life.

"So the way they approach different situations, for example studying for exams, running a leadership programme or even small things like looking at the way they present themselves when it comes to meeting new people."

The scheme is a free initiative for secondary schools throughout the UK and involves various athlete mentors working with students to develop life skills.

Waddon will be returning to the school at the end of March to work with a different group of students.


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