Blackshaw Moor CofE First School are hosting an inspirational workshop with Ottilie Robinson-Shaw. Can you help us make it happen?
HOW I STARTED
I have always loved the water and being outside. When I was 11 I visited an open day at a rowing club and whilst there saw about 30 kids in brightly coloured kayaks having a massive amount of fun. I quickly forgot about rowing, began kayaking with local clubs, and just fell in love with the sport.
In the early days, I paddled every week in the swimming pool with Tendering Canoe Club and enjoyed exhausting adventures on local rivers in the summer.
At Sudbury Canoe Club, I was very lucky to enjoy paddling with young members of the GB Freestyle Kayaking team every Saturday and was introduced to the world of competitive freestyle kayaking and white water paddling at the Lee Valley White Water Centre (Home of the 2012 Olympics) and Nottingham’s Holme Pierrepont National WaterSports Centre.
I first competed when I was 12 and the sport quickly became a huge passion. I paddled as much as I could and at 14, I was selected for Team GB to compete at the 2016 European Championships in Germany. As the youngest competitor at the event, I was delighted to take home a bronze medal but I knew I could have done more and a competitive fire was fully lit as a result.
Ever since I have dedicated most of my time to training, pushing my limits and seeing how good I can become but still foremost enjoying the water, the outdoors and having fun.
MY GREATEST CHALLENGE
In 2018 I tore my ACL (a ligament in my knee) wakeboarding a week before the British Championships.
I could barely walk and my knee was double its usual size but I couldn’t resist the desire to compete and managed to retain my title.
I then took some time to rest and rehab to try to avoid surgery. My physio looks after rugby players and convinced me I could function without the ACL if I put in the work to build up strength in the knee. I really wanted to avoid the surgery as some of my kayaking involves getting into ridiculously tiny boats and any long term knee issues would spell disaster.
I worked hard on my knees for 12 months in the Gym and when I fully returned to paddling I made my biggest ever progression landing new big tricks and was just so grateful to be back on the water, fit and healthy.
I love most sports but especially weightlifting, wakeboarding, climbing, skiing and really enjoyed team sports at school especially netball, hockey and rounders.
I am passionate about food and eating healthily is a big part of my life. A few of my favourite random things include Apples, Cheese, Sardines, Chicken, Yogurt and Chocolate covered raisins.
2020 – Kayak Session Magazine, U21 Paddler of the Year. 2020 – Qualified as an Associate of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors following two year Professional Apprenticeship with the University College of Estate Management. 2020 – Galway Fest Freestyle Champion. 2019 – BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year 2019 Shortlisted. 2019 – ICF Freestyle Junior World Champion. 2019 – ICF Squirtboat Senior Bronze Medallist. 2018 – Essex junior Sports Personality of the Year 2018. 2018 – World Paddle Awards Junior Paddler of the Year. 2018 – ECA European Junior Champion and double ICF World Cup Champion. 2017 – ICF Freestyle Junior World Champion. 4 x British Champion
Who are we?
Sports For Champions UK (CIC) in partnership with Blackshaw Moor CofE First School and the local community are running a fundraiser to help support the mental and physical health of the pupils after the national lockdowns.
Great news! Sports For Champions UK (CIC) will soon visit your school! Youth are invited to join a sponsored fitness circuit led by a Professional athlete, who will educate, enable, and empower participants with a view to inspire them as champions of tomorrow.
While we’re not all athletically inclined we strongly encourage participation, because all youth have talent and require inspiration to pursue their dreams - whatever they may be! After 10 years of success, we can promise a highly memorable event!
SFC events are held in support of schools, which keep 60% of the funds raised to spend on resources that will enrich young peoples’ education/experience. Professional athletes in need of support are the only other beneficiaries from the remaining 40%. SFC is a government audited organization that is voluntarily registered with the Fundraising Regulator. You can support the initiative with assurance.
During the assembly, SFC athletes show medals and tell their story, hard work, lessons, and insights shared to capture the imagination of all and inspire healthier active lifestyles. Athletes discuss challenges on the road to success, with resilience, nutrition, diet, and dedication forming key topics. Fitness is essential for every young person’s general wellbeing in physical and mental health. It is also proven to be a strong booster of learning potential or brain power. By inspiring children as champions of tomorrow, SFC envision youth growing in all walks of life as healthy, [pro] active community-minded talents.
Alongside Team SFC, athletes invest in local communities to avail of support with training-related costs (e.g. physio/travel). Most world-class athletes train a rigorous 35hr week and struggle to find reliable work that fits their schedule. This is how the funds we raise enable athletes and your school/club to realise their potential. Many pro athletes are unsponsored, lose support, or cannot find it.
Sports For Champions CIC offers schools the benefit of an added investment on resources/facilities, whilst helping athletes with the funds required to sustain their journey with a contribution towards training and competition fees, medical costs, equipment, and more.
Blackshaw Moor CofE First School will be receiving an inspirational visit from renowned Professional athlete Ottilie Robinson-Shaw on the 25th of June 2021 and we need your support!
The pupils will benefit from Physical activity, an inspirational talk including medal display and a Q&A session.
Why is this important?
Blackshaw Moor CofE First School need to recover and rebuild after the national lockdown and with the help of a visit from Ottilie Robinson-Shaw the pupils and teachers will be given the tools to respond to issues like a pandemic, begin to focus on friendships and social engagement all while improving their physical and mental well being.
Blackshaw Moor CofE First School will benefit from the money raised to invest in key front-line services and equipment.
How can you help?
We're asking all parents to help make it a memorable event for the pupils with the help of Ottilie Robinson-Shaw and to raise funds for key resources for The Blackshaw Moor CofE First School.
If you are a local business or a friend of the school and would like to contribute to help us get to our target then please do make a donation and share our project as far as you can.