Elite Athlete’s Visit

The day our students met one of GB’s furthest throwers in history…

October 22, 2018

On Wednesday 4th October, our students experienced an amazing opportunity that all our Year 11 GCSE PE students were involved in. The PE department organised an elite athlete: GB Hammer Thrower – Taylor Campbell to come in and deliver a presentation about his sporting experiences and then all students were taught by him. He has represented team GB at World and European level and is one of the furthest throwers in GB history. This was an excellent day full of new experiences: learning what it is like to be an elite athlete, seeing him perform the hammer throw and also gain higher practical scores in shotput, javelin and discus throwing as he taught them key technique points.

Taylor was such an inspiring athlete to have in and students found it very easy to talk to him, learn from him and even have a go at throwing the hammer like him.

Firstly student’s experienced a presentation about Taylor’s progress through the sporting field and also his educational background. We heard about his struggles through education but now he is studying a degree and also what his day to day life entails as an elite athlete in training. Then each of our three GCSE groups had a lesson with Taylor which included a hammer throw demonstration, some students got to have a go at throwing a hammer and holding it, finally Taylor taught them the key points to furthering their shotput, javelin and discus throws for their GCSE athletics practical grades.

From Joe Colling and Bradley Thorpe who were on work experience in the PE department this week they said:

‘The day with Taylor Campbell was a great experience for us and gave us a first-hand insight into the busy life of an elite athlete.

We gained real life knowledge of what it really takes to be a top level performer, with him talking to us about his diet and how nutrition was just as important as his hard work and training. Taylor was also a positive role model, speaking about his education not going to plan but he still worked hard and is now at a top university studying and training for events such as the British Championships, Commonwealth Games and hopefully one day the Olympic Games.

Taylor was also very down to earth and we found that many people in similar situations could relate to him and it was a pleasure to have spent the day with him’.

Further comments from our Year 11 students included:

Jaden Kimberlin:

‘It was very inspirational to see such a young athlete competing at such an high level competing with the best athletes in the World in our school, sharing his experiences and knowledge with us’.

Charlotte Jones:

‘He was inspirational and now I want to do the best in my sport’.

Thank you to the Athletes in Schools Programme for allowing us to have one of their athletes into our school to inspire and motivate our students not only about a career in the sporting industry but also hopefully helping our students to gain higher athletics practical grades.

A great day was had by all! Thank you Taylor Campbell!