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Beaufort
School

School Welcomes Paralympian

We welcomed Aaron Phipps on 6th November - a member of the London 2012 GB Wheelchair Rugby Team, as part of The Sky Sports Living for Sport programme.

 We welcomed Aaron Phipps on Wednesday 6th November. Aaron was a member of the London 2012 GB Wheelchair Rugby Team. Aaron delivered an inspirational assembly about his experience to Year 7, 8 & 9 students. The key points he discussed was the reason why he was in a wheelchair and the journey he undertook to represent GB in the Wheelchair rugby team; the hard work, determination and making the most of all opportunities. Students then had the opportunity to ask questions.

Aaron later worked with a group of Year 11 pupils. This was part of The Sky Sports Living for Sport programme. This programme has been introduced by Sky Sports to use sport to:
-    Boost confidence
-    Change behaviours
-    Increase attainment
-    Improve behaviour

 

During the session the pupils looked at how being successful and fulfilling ambitions linked in with sport - for example planning, mental toughness and people skills. There was also an opportunity for a game of adapted Wheelchair rugby which the pupils thoroughly enjoyed!

 

This was an extra special opportunity as Alex Danson accompanied Aaron for the day. Alex is a member of the GB Women’s Hockey team that won bronze in London 2012. Alex is a senior mentor on the Sky Sports Living for Sport programme. She got involved in the sessions and spoke to students about her amazing achievements.

The pupils all thoroughly enjoyed this amazing opportunity and were really responsive and a credit to the school.