Combe Down CofE Primary School are hosting an inspirational workshop with Double Paralympic Champion Laurence Whiteley. Can you help us make it happen?
Combe Down prides itself on being a happy school where children and adults are encouraged to have a caring, considerate and respectful attitude towards one another. Within a strong Christian ethos, they recognise and value the uniqueness of every child, helping all to flourish within a safe, secure and creative environment, through opportunities that are relevant to their needs both now and in the years to come.
The school's engaging curriculum and values based learning to enable children to develop a love of learning and life. Combe Down CofE Primary School provide an inclusive environment where seeds of learning are planted and children’s skills and knowledge are nourished and allowed to blossom. This is reflected in the School Vision and Values.
Combe Down CofE Primary School dedicated staff team work hard resulting in high standards of learning and behaviour. They also believe that the education of each individual is most successful when we work in partnership with home. The school see parents as active partners in their children’s learning journey and value all that the partnership offers.
HOW I STARTED
It was mostly through word and mouth. I started out swimming after my diagnosis of bone cancer and that was my first introduction into the world of disability sport. After a while I became more disheartened with swimming, and was introduced to a woman called Rebecca who used to row for Durham University. It was simply a case of 'why don’t you come down and try rowing?’. I popped across to my local rowing club (Tees RC) who were very accommodating, and they set a boat up for me and taught me all the basics of rowing. After being invited to various testing/trailing with British Rowing I was invited down to train with the national team in 2013.
MY GREATEST ACHIEVEMENT
My greatest achievement is without a doubt becoming a double Paralympic champion. I loved every moment of my first time becoming a Paralympic champion, but the second time it felt like I had climbed a mountain, as training was ground to a halt at the start of 2020 as a result of the global pandemic. This was difficult as training is a largely squad based activity, and not having the squad with me was a massive change, especially when training from home only being able to catch up when we had group calls.
MY GREATEST CHALLENGE
My greatest challenge was surviving Bone Cancer at the age of 13. This was a stressful time as I was in and out of school between doctor’s appointments and different hobbies such as swimming which I had started after my diagnosis. I got through this difficult time by spending my time surrounding myself with what I loved; family, friends and my hobbies. I kept swimming and one day someone asked if I had ever tried rowing, a new hobby that I could focus on through this difficult time.
In my spare time I enjoy gaming, fitness, cars and music! Even athletes like myself are allowed to play games, everything in moderation is what I say! I have loved cars since I was a child, and I also like to immerse myself in a great album from time to time!
Who are we?
Sports For Champions UK (CIC) in partnership with Combe Down CofE Primary 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!
Sports For Champions 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%. Sports For Champions is an audited organization that is voluntarily registered with the Fundraising Regulator. You can support the initiative with assurance.
During the assembly, Sports For Champions 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, Sports For Champions envision youth growing in all walks of life as healthy, [pro] active community-minded talents.
Alongside Team Sports For Champions, 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 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.
Combe Down CofE Primary School will be receiving an inspirational visit from renowned Double Paralympic Champion Laurence Whiteley on the 22nd of June 2022 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?
Combe Down CofE Primary School is promoting health and wellbeing throughout the school and with the help of a visit from Laurence Whiteley, this will be enhanced as a school, they are also focussing on encouraging diversity and raising the aspirations of the pupils through sport.
Combe Down CofE Primary School will benefit from the money raised as they will be able to invest in new equipment and fund opportunities for the children in afterschool clubs.
How can you help?
We're asking all parents to help make it a memorable event for the pupils with the help of Double Paralympic Champion Laurence Whiteley and to raise funds for key resources for Combe Down CofE Primary 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.