Shiphay Learning Academy are hosting an inspirational workshop with Team GB Double Mini Trampolinist Otis McAuliffe. Otis needs your help to raise funds for vital training, medical and competition costs. This money will also help your school and other athletes across the country, find out more below!
Shiphay Learning Academy is a happy and healthy place to learn. They are very much a ‘family’ school; they also cultivate and nurture their Core Values of Respecting, Contribution, Creativeness and Aspiration in all their activities and relationships for all the children and staff. The school set high standards in everything they do and strongly believe in the importance of the core skills of Reading, Writing and Mathematics.
At Shiphay, they also believe that Primary school education is an experience that all children should enjoy to the full. Achieving academic excellence is a goal for every child at Shiphay, but they also strive to reveal and harness the personal talents and interests of every pupil and provide access to a broad and varied curriculum that is designed to engage pupils and promote a love of learning. The use of technology and the Arts are particular strengths of the school, as is the wide range of extra-curricular clubs and opportunities we offer.
Shiphay Learning Academy work at the forefront of education, supporting local schools, and working collaboratively with schools across the South West to ensure that children at Shiphay – and the schools within Riviera Education Trust - get the very best education available; this is reflected in their consistently high standards of attainment in academic subjects.
HOW I STARTED
As a child, I was doing flips on the sofa a lot, and as my parents got fed up with my antics they took me to a gymnastics club. A few years after I had began trampolining I was competing in the 2014 London Regional Championships and saw the DMT setup. I spoke with the DMT coach; John Whotherspoon, he introduced me to the sport and coached me for four years as he got me into the GB team where I met my current coach, Tom Holman and moved to Poole to pursue DMT.
MY GREATEST ACHIEVEMENT
My greatest achievement is scoring the 18th-highest score of all time and the highest British at the Azerbaijan Team Finals. It was with a Triff Tuck mount and a half in half Triff dismount. I scored 29.1, but unfortunately, my teammate fell on his run which cost us some points meaning we didn’t achieve a medal, but I was more than happy to walk away with such a high score and a new personal best!
MY GREATEST CHALLENGE
My greatest challenge has been the past few months of 2022. I have been struggling with chronic back pain for the past couple of years and at a competition earlier this year I threw a triple backflip and landed on my head at the back of the trampoline and sprained myself in 5 places. Afterwards, the pain in my back developed and got worse so I went for scans and we discovered the bone at the tail end was rubbing against my pelvis, causing small amounts of bone bruising.
Outside of DMT I love Dj’ing and producing music and run an underground music collective called Blackboard Jungle where we hold live music events!
MY FUTURE GOALS
In the future I am looking forward to going to the Birmingham World Championships next year, I am excited for this as it means my family can come to watch and support me. I’m hoping to reach the finals and medal in front of a home-crowd. I am also hoping to become a performer for shows like Cirque Du Soleil.
Who are Sports For Champions?
Sports For Champions UK (CIC) in partnership with Shiphay Learning 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! Your young people have been invited to join a sponsored fitness circuit led by a Professional athlete, who will educate, enable, and empower participants with a view to inspiring them to be the champions of tomorrow.
While we're not all athletically inclined we strongly encourage participation, all young people have talent and require inspiration to pursue their dreams - whatever they may be! After 12 years of success we have perfected our inspirational events and they are guaranteed to deliver for your school and pupils!
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 organisation that is voluntarily registered with the Fundraising Regulator. Meaning you can support the initiative with assurance.
What will happen on the day?
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 engage in invaluable work within local communities to support their 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 additional funds to go towards 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.
Shiphay Learning Academy will be receiving an inspirational visit from renowned Team GB Double Mini Trampolinist Otis McAuliffe on the 17th of July 2023 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?
Shiphay Learning Academy is promoting health and wellbeing throughout the school and with the help of a visit from Otis McAuliffe, this will be enhanced as a school, they are also focussing on encouraging diversity and raising the aspirations of the pupils through sport.
Shiphay Learning Academy will benefit from the money raised as they will be able to provide 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 Team GB Double Mini Trampolinist Otis McAuliffe and to raise funds for key resources for Shiphay Learning 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.