Diamond Wood Community Academy are hosting an inspirational workshop with Commonwealth Games Gold Medalist Leon Baptiste. Can you help us make it happen?
Their vision at Diamond Wood Community Academy is to create opportunities for all individuals to become:-
Determined - Diamond Wood Community Academy persevere to get their work done
Workers - Diamond Wood Community Academy work hard to reach their full potential
Collaborative - Diamond Wood Community Academy work and play together to achieve their goals
Achievers - Diamond Wood Community Academy succeed in all they do.
HOW I STARTED
I began athletics at the age of 14 when I suffered a knee injury that stopped me from playing football. This led me to try sprinting as I was recovering, it was then that I realised I have. Areal talent, and that I could pursue it. I had always been fast, but it was only now that I had decided to harness it and chase the possibility of it being an option.
MY GREATEST ACHIEVEMENT
My greatest achievement is without a doubt winning two gold medals at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi. This is because the Commonwealth Games are the second largest competition in the world of athletics so to win just one medal is an incredible achievement, but two is fantastic and a dream come true!
MY GREATEST CHALLENGE
My greatest challenge is returning from injury at the age of 19. After returning, my performances got worse, and so did my morale. I thought about giving up, but I persisted, and continued to train every single day. It was this persistence and drive that got me to where I am today. It took a lot of resilience, but I am glad I stuck to my guns and continued on my path.
My hobbies include boxing, spending time with friends and family along with watching any sport! And my favourite food is Lasagna.
Who are we?
Sports For Champions UK (CIC) in partnership with Diamond Wood Community Academy 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.
Diamond Wood Community Academy will be receiving an inspirational visit from renowned Commonwealth Games Gold Medalist Leon Baptiste on the 19th of May 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?
Diamond Wood Community Academy is promoting health and wellbeing throughout the school and with the help of a visit from Leon Baptiste, this will be enhanced as a school, they are also focussing on encouraging diversity and raising the aspirations of the pupils through sport.
Diamond Wood Community Academy 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 Commonwealth Games Gold Medalist Leon Baptiste and to raise funds for key resources for Diamond Wood Community Academy.
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.