Tim Prendergast visited Inspire students today as part of Sky Sports Living for Sport Change Your Game programme.
He spoke about his ambitions as a child, before losing his sight, and tracked the highs and lows of his athletics career. Students were enthralled as he spoke about winning the Gold medal in Athens and felt inspired by his story of wanting to give up when he lost out on the medals in Beijing but finding faith in himself agin through the power of positive thought. Students also reflected that being the best you can be and ‘running the best race you can’ was more important than winning the medal.
A variety of activities (including the rope of fear and guess the celebrity relay) encouraged students to think creatively and as a team, as well as improve communication and organisation skills.
At the end of the session Tim was asked what the best piece of advice he had every been given was. He said “making one small change in your life, makes a massive difference to the outcome of it. Just by thinking positively and approaching things with a positive attitude, you will achieve more.”
Here’s a great photo of the group and of the gold medal too – which all the students were allowed to try on and hold – a very special day!
Photos have been sent on to local press and we look forward to seeing the story in print soon! Thanks to Tim and well done to all those who came along and got involved.