Olympic winner Joe gets pupils motivated
13:30 13 January 2014
Pupils at Ottery Primary School were inspired to ‘push themselves and have a go’ this week when they received a visit from a medal-winning Olympic athlete.
Olympic sailor Joe Glanfield – who won silver medals in the 2004 and 2008 games - gave a talk at the school on Wednesday, explaining the importance of practice, perseverance and a positive attitude.
Headteacher Mark Gilronan said that that Exmouth-born Joe had managed to get round every class to answer questions – and show off his medals.
“The whole premise of the visit was that everyone has the potential to succeed in them, and it’s a case of finding that potential and bringing it out,” said Mr Gilronan.
“We have a unofficial motto at the school – ‘push yourself and have a go’ – and his visit reinforced that.
“But it isn’t just about sport – the children are encouraged to set their own goals, be it academic or extra-curricular, and work towards them.
“The children took away the message that you need to keep at whatever you want to do in order to get better, and that practice makes perfect.”