Olympian is a splash hit

life lessons learned by an Olympic swimmer were passed on to pupils at Mirfield Free Grammar School this week.

By The Newsroom
Friday, 23rd September 2011, 10:25 am

Olympian and British record holder Chris Cook visited the school yesterday to launch Be The Best You Can Be, an Olympic-inspired programme to empower and encourage young people to fulfil their potential.

MFG vice principal Neal Packard said: “Chris delivered a tremendously inspirational speech, telling the students about his journey to success and how they can all achieve something successful in school and beyond.

“He talked about having goals and a focus, determination and hard work, and taking responsibility for your own actions and achievements.

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“He also stressed the importance of resilience, bouncing back when things go wrong, and this seemed to be an aspect the kids particularly picked up on.

“There was a fantastic buzz about the place. The students absolutely loved it – and so did Chris.”

After delivering his speech to the school’s new starters, Chris, who competed in the 2004 and 2008 Olympics, held a question-and-answer session, then led a workshop where pupils discussed how the themes from his address could be applied to their school careers.

Be The Best You Can Be is a national initiative established by former Olympic gold medallist David Hemery CBE.

MFG principal Lorraine Barker said: “I was determined our school would be one of the first to undertake the programme as it begins to roll out nationally. The inspiration offered by Olympians is incredibly powerful.”