Olympian inspires top athletes at The Weald

London 2012 Olympian Craig Figes visits The Weald School in Billingshurst
London 2012 Olympian Craig Figes visits The Weald School in Billingshurst

TALENTED athletes at The Weald School in Billingshurst have been given the chance to work with a London 2012 Olympian.

Craig Figes, Team GB water polo captain and Sky Sports Living for Sport ambassador, wanted to show the students skills that could help them get to the top in their sport.

The nationwide Living for Sport initiative uses sport stars to promote valuable life skills to young people, helping to increase their confidence and self-esteem, and improve their attitudes to learning, health and wellbeing.

Craig said: “Sport had an amazing impact on my life and I believe that Sky Sports Living for Sport can inspire all young pupils to explore their dreams and talents and have a positive impact on their lives.

“It’s fantastic to be here, working with and inspiring such motivated and talented students.”

The programme is based on six keys to success – mental toughness, hunger to achieve, people skills, sports and life knowledge, breaking barriers and planning for success.

Barry Meaney, school sports co-ordinator, said: “This is such a great opportunity for some of our most talented athletes to directly learn from Craig’s brilliant experiences and achievements including the London 2012 Olympic Games and Commonwealth Games 2002 Bronze Medal.

“He was able to show them what it takes to get to the top, but more importantly teach some valuable skills that can be translated to all areas of life.”

Craig will be returning to The Weald School for a follow-up visit during the next half term.

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