Thornford CofE Primary School are hosting an inspirational workshop with Senior European Champion. Can you help us make it happen?
Thornford CofE Primary School are a small rural school set in beautiful grounds in the picturesque village of Thornford. The school also have the advantage of spacious grounds including a forest school area, an extensive playing field, playground and a spiritual garden.
The school also have strong links with the local church, St. Mary Magdalene and their golden thread: Treat others as they would like to be treated themselves, is used to promote positive attitudes and relationships amongst all pupils. From their first day in Reception, all children are nurtured in a safe, happy learning environment. A growth mindset and resilience are encouraged and there is provision for the children’s individual needs so that pupils can achieve their potential. They are well-prepared socially and academically for the next stage of their education by our dedicated staff.
All the staff have a shared ethos about child-centred education, working together to develop the whole child, encouraging lively enquiring minds; the ability to question and argue rationally; apply themselves and therefore learn, effectively. Thornford CofE Primary School also teach the children to become responsible, caring individuals, who respect the values of others. Furthermore, the school foster a positive attitude towards the local and global community; developing in the children a sense of their place within it.
HOW I STARTED
I started trampolining when I was 7. I started because my sister did trampolining, so my mum thought it would be good for me to try it too (although apparently I wasn't particularly keen). I worked my way up to National level before pushing for a junior world championships in 2015. I started double mini trampoline (DMT) when I was 13. I quickly progressed in this discipline, and fell in love with its high-adrenaline nature and fast pace.
MY GREATEST ACHIEVEMENT
My greatest achievement is becoming 2018 senior European Champion. I was in shock when it happened- I still can't believe it today! The field of girls I was competing against was so strong, but my goal was to push for a medal. I remember lining up to compete in the final after a successful preliminary round, thinking 'come on Kirsty, just do what you do in training and see what happens'. Little did I know I'd stick both of my passes in the box and go on to win the gold. I remember the whole crowd erupted when my name appeared on the score board in first place. It's a sensation that I can't quite put into words.
MY GREATEST CHALLENGE
In 2018 I sustained a knee injury after returning from the World championships in Russia. Doctors and physios were unable to detect what the injury was and I was told to 'train through the pain'. I couldn't understand how I could be in so much pain, yet I was told to just ignore it. At this point I started to challenge my mental toughness and resilience. After multiple MRIs, doctors finally realised I had torn my meniscus (cartilage) and I went on to have surgery. I was relieved to know that it wasn't just a 'psychological injury' and that I'm tough enough to conquer any pain if I set my mind to it. 5 months after surgery I qualified for the 2019 World Championships in Tokyo, a competition that I'd set quite ambitious goals for. However, when competing in the final, I sustained a very nasty ankle injury which, again, doctors were not able to identify. I spent months, again, battling this thought that my injury wasn't 'real', only to then be told that my injury is so rare that it had only ever been reported in research 5 times. Having to go through this process twice with a huge challenge, but in the long run I believe it has made me a stronger gymnast.
In my spare time I love to surf. I am lucky enough to live by the coast, so whenever I have some free time you will find me by the beach. I love anything in the water, especially paddle-boarding and ringo-ing. My favourite food is a tricky one, but I think I'll have to say mango. Random, I know, but when you get the perfectly ripe mango, there's nothing that can beat it except possibly a glass of chocolate milk!
MY FUTURE GOALS
I have separate goals for my sport and my career.
As for my career, I am in the process of competing my MSc in Nutrition, Physical Activity and Public health. One day I hope to work in the public health field to help the nation adopt a healthier lifestyle.
As for my sport, my main goal is to become world champion! I hope to one day be stood on that podium, on the world-stage, singing the national anthem, knowing that I worked my socks off to be the best Double Mini Trampoline gymnast in the world!
Who are we?
Sports For Champions UK (CIC) in partnership with Thornford 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.
Thornford CofE Primary School will be receiving an inspirational visit from renowned Senior European Champion Kirsty Way on the 23rd 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?
Thornford CofE Primary School is promoting health and wellbeing throughout the school and with the help of a visit from Kirsty Way, this will be enhanced as a school, they are also focussing on encouraging diversity and raising the aspirations of the pupils through sport.
Thornford 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 Senior European Champion Kirsty Way and to raise funds for key resources for Thornford 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.