Ysgol Gynradd Tudno are hosting an inspirational workshop with Tokyo 2020 Silver Medallist James Ball. Can you help us make it happen?
HOW I STARTED
I began training at the age of eight, in which I started with swimming and athletics on the side in school, however I moved on from swimming swiftly and decided to focus solely on athletics, this was a great choice as I saw myself progress in athletics extremely quickly so I was happy with the pace I was at. After competing in athletics for a number of years, I moved to cycling, this was a great choice as it helped me in the sense that I could worry less about my hamstring, an injury I had sustained in 2012 that wrote off my London 2012 Paralympic hopes.
MY GREATEST ACHIEVEMENT
My greatest achievement is a Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games silver medal. It was so amazing to finally earn a medal on the worlds biggest stage after thirteen years of intense training. It felt like I had done my friends, family and hometown proud, it was amazing. It’s a day and a feeling I will never forget!
MY GREATEST CHALLENGE
My greatest challenge was when I tore my hamstring before the London 2012 Paralympic Games. This shattered my Paralympic hopes and left me with a injury that put me out of any sport for months. Having nursed this back to health I continued within athletics for four more years until I moved to cycling. When I tore my hamstring, it was disappointing because of my Paralympic hopes, but I decided to get on with life and power through the struggle, because I knew that on the other side of the pain and hardship would be a reward, and the resilience I gained from this experience was unrivalled.
My hobbies include playing the drums, gaming and exploring new places! I love to play the drums at home along to some of my favourite songs, however I also love gaming with friends, it’s a load of fun in the evenings when we’re all together socialising. I also enjoy exploring new places, anywhere from cities to towns to hikes! I enjoy seeing new people and places. My favourite dish is a good, homemade sweet potato curry.
Who are we?
Sports For Champions UK (CIC) in partnership with Ysgol Gynradd Tudno 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.
Ysgol Gynradd Tudno will be receiving an inspirational visit from renowned Tokyo 2020 Silver Medallist James Ball on the 3rd of February 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?
Ysgol Gynradd Tudno need to recover and rebuild after the national lockdown and with the help of a visit from James Ball the pupils and teachers will be given the tools to respond to issues like a pandemic, begin to focus on friendships and social engagement all while improving their physical and mental well being.
Ysgol Gynradd Tudno will benefit from the money raised to invest in key front-line services and equipment.
How can you help?
We're asking all parents to help make it a memorable event for the pupils with the help of Tokyo 2020 Silver Medalist James Ball and to raise funds for key resources for Ysgol Gynradd Tudno.
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.