Copford CofE Primary are hosting an inspirational workshop with Beijing 2021 Winter Olympian Montell Douglas. Can you help us make it happen?
Copford is a friendly, open and caring school, where a holistic approach to a child's education is central to the school's collective goals. In addition to gaining academic skills and knowledge, every child will build confidence, develop self-reliance, learn to make decisions and develop the ability to articulate their feelings and ideas. The development of the children’s social skills is also vital, helping them to build good relationships with other children and adults and be sensitive to the feelings of others. To help achieve all of this Copford focus on 6 aptitudes to learning: - Co-operation, Curiosity, Enquiry, Independence, Reflection and Resilience.
High expectations and a determined focus on the progress of each individual are a consistently strong feature of the school. As a result, the vast majority of pupils flourish. They make consistently good or better progress, and vulnerable pupils receive the care they need to achieve well. Central to this is a strong Christian ethos, promoted through the deeply embedded core Christian values of friendship, thanksgiving, hope, peace, forgiveness, compassion and trust. These permeate and influence every aspect of school life, and all members of the school community articulate and value their impact. As a consequence of the high levels of care, support and appropriate challenge, pupils are happy, secure and very clear about the importance of applying each value.
HOW I STARTED
I started athletics at the age of 13. It was a secondary school PE teacher that inspired me to join the athletics club and begin sprinting. I remember my first competition, and it was invigorating! After competing, I was enthralled by this passion and burn. I wanted to do better, and with every competition that passed by, I kept on feeling inspired to better myself and continue growing.
MY GREATEST ACHIEVEMENT
My greatest achievement is undoubtedly breaking the British record and qualifying as an Olympian. When I qualified as an Olympian, I felt relieved and thrilled, it was a fantastic feeling, and nothing compares! It was always a dream since I had begun competing, and it felt right when I was handed the spot!
MY GREATEST CHALLENGE
My greatest challenge came from when I had surgery on my knee. Following the surgery, I had to relearn how to walk, which put me in a difficult situation; so many of the things I could once do were stripped away from me instantly! I overcame this by focussing on what I had. I had a great support structure and a strong belief that I would beat this and go on to compete again. This helped me immensely, and it was at that point, I began to block out everything I couldn’t do at that point and focused on the things I was learning in my physio sessions one step at a time. I took each day in my stride and stopped pressuring myself as these things take time, and it did. Thankfully I overcame it, and as a result, I am stronger than ever!
My hobbies include skating, editing videos and film! I have loved film since I was a child, and recently I got the chance to be an Amazonian warrior in Wonder Woman. It was like a dream come true! I enjoy editing my films in my free time, along with cooking! I love chicken wings, but they must be a treat! So I typically make myself bacon, scrambled eggs with avocado plantain.
MY FUTURE GOALS
In the future, I aim to compete in the 2022 Winter Olympic Games. Still, I would love to start a coaching academy and train the next generation of Olympians and Winter Olympians!
Who are we?
Sports For Champions UK (CIC) in partnership with Copford 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.
Copford CofE Primary School will be receiving an inspirational visit from renowned Beijing 2021 Winter Olympian Montell Douglas on the 26th of April 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?
Copford CofE Primary is promoting health and wellbeing throughout the school and with the help of a visit from Montell Douglas this will be enhanced as a school, they are also focussing on encouraging diversity and raising the aspirations of the pupils through sport.
Copford CofE Primary 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 Beijing 2021 Winter Olympian Montell Douglas and to raise funds for key resources for Copford 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.