Willow Primary School are excited to be hosting an inspirational workshop with Rio 2018 Paralympic Silver Medalist Jodie Grinham. Jodie 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!
"Everyone involved in the community at Willow, knows that they are on a journey towards becoming an outstanding school."
How I started:
When I was 14 I used to watch my dad shoot, I became quite intrigued and asked to have a go, to which then somebody at the club stated that due to my disability I would not be able to shoot, so after a few weeks of my dad and I altering the handle on a bow for me to use, and out of my own stubbornness I began to shoot too! I joined a Sussex able-bodied team, and then I moved onto Great Britain after my dad tricked me into going to one of their talent identification day as I didn’t want to go because I was picked on for my disability and so the thought of celebrating disability was not something I could ever see me doing because I just wanted to hide it!
My Greatest Achievement:
My greatest achievement is earning a silver medal at the Rio Paralympics. The Rio Paralympics were very divisive as it was a very dangerous place to host an event like that, but I felt very elated to have earned a medal at the Paralympics! I am also very happy with becoming world champion just nine months after giving birth! Once you are on the Great British team, you then must qualify to get into the Great British World Championships team. This was in the Czech Republic, and it was the longest that I had been away from my baby who had also had an accident while I was out there so I was ready to go home at any moment. Thankfully everything was fine and I shot my 72 arrows to qualify, and was then ranked in the top 64.
My Greatest Challenge:
My greatest challenge was coming back from breaking my elbow, wrist, knee, and ankle. I also had three grade three tears in the ligaments in my ankle as well as having to go through recovery and physio throughout the COVID-19 Pandemic. I had my fall in December 2019, and then was in physio form January through til march of 2020, and then everything shut down and I think it slowed down my recovery process a lot. I felt like I was doing really well until the first lockdown happened and I was sent home from Physio. I didn’t see anyone for months, and because my heart was set on the Tokyo Games I said no to having surgery, but then the games were postponed anyway, and I wasn’t fully recovered by the time they were on in 2021, whereas I would have been if I had taken up the offer o have my injuries operated on. I tried to push so hard to get to Tokyo’s but then it got to point where I had to let go of the dream and focus solely on my full rest and recovery.
Outside of Archery, I enjoy going for a nice walk, especially along the beach because I find the sea calms me. I also quite like doing Jigsaw puzzles, and playing with my Rubik’s Cube. I am also currently a little obsessed with Call Of Duty: Mobile and I love taking my children out on my day’s off.
My Future Aspirations:
In the future I would quite like to continue my career as I love my sport and I love where I am at. I’d like to continue travelling with my sport, and in my spare time. I am also looking forward to Paris 2024. I feel like I have got a rough few months being away from home and my family. My training centre is 3h 30m away from where I live. I know that if I can power through to the end of April when I will know whether I am going to Paris or not I can then have a much more smooth sailing couple of months where I can see my family a lot more and spend time with them before travelling for Paris!
Who are Sports For Champions?
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 young people developing in all walks of life as healthy, [pro] active community-minded participants in society.
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.
Willow Primary School will be receiving an inspirational visit from Rio 2018 Paralympic Silver Medalist Jodie Grinham on the 27th March 2024 and we need your support!
The pupils will benefit from physical activity through our fitness circuit, an inspirational talk including medal display and a Q&A session.
Where does the money go?
When parents and guardians offer their support to a Sports for Champions UK (CIC) fundraising event, they are nurturing not only their children's immediate environments but also the bright futures of many rising athletes. Here is a breakdown of how your contributions make a significant difference:
For each fundraising event Sports For Champions looks to raise enough money to cover the costs that it takes to provide such an excellent service nationally. Once that goal is reached, surplus funds are allocated in a way that benefits both the school and our passionate athletes – 60% for the school’s continued growth and 40% contributing to the athlete fund.
At the core of the Sports For Champions UK (CIC) initiative is the Athlete Fund. Primarily, the fund aids schools in less economically privileged areas that might struggle with costs, ensuring that the administrative fee isn’t a barrier to vital opportunities. Additionally, it assists our dedicated athletes in moments of pressing need, whether it’s recovering from injuries, procuring advanced equipment, or embarking on warm-weather training camps. Our fundamental belief remains unwavering: no school should be compromised for its economic stance, and every promising athlete deserves a fair shot at excellence. Our commitment ensures no child or school is left behind due to circumstances beyond their control.
Challenges Athletes Face: Our partnering pro athletes and Team GB Olympians have a world of responsibilities on their shoulders. They juggle between a rigorous training schedule that demands over 35 hours a week and their personal commitments. This often leaves them with limited time and resources to focus on their careers, leading to financial constraints. Expenses for equipment, training, coaching, travel, and more pile up, making it a challenge for these athletes to perform at their best and represent Great Britain.
Why is this important?
Willow Primary School is promoting health and wellbeing throughout the school and with the help of a visit from Jodie Grinham, this will be enhanced across all year groups and staff, they are also focussing on encouraging diversity and raising the aspirations of the pupils through sport.
Willow Primary School will benefit from the money raised as they will be able to provide new equipment, fund opportunities for the children, and more.
How can you help?
We're asking all parents to help make it a memorable event for the pupils with the help of Rio 2018 Paralympic Silver Medalist Jodie Grinham and to raise funds for key resources for Willow 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.