Gold medal-winning gymnasts inspires pupils

Craig Heap shows off the skills that made him a gold medal-winning gymnast'w114016b
Craig Heap shows off the skills that made him a gold medal-winning gymnast'w114016b

OLYMPIC gymnast and Commonwealth gold medallist, Craig Heap, helped launch the Be the Best you can Be! programme with year 10 students.

As a role model, Craig kick-started the launch by bringing the theme ‘achievement of dreams’ into the curriculum.

Craig’s career spanning 20 years included 14 junior and senior British championship titles, more than 100 international appearances for his country which includes attendance at five European and World Championships, two Commonwealth Games and the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games, where he achieved his personal best in the all-round final.

Craig, now retired as a professional gymnast, is busy with a variety of sport-related projects and finds much demand for his role as an inspirational speaker in schools.

All year 10 students were given a programme workbook and Craig shared his story of how success is a journey with the need to overcome inevitable setbacks.

Craig went on to visit each of the 14 year 10 tutor groups taking part in the programme and said he was impressed with his reception and the questions he was asked.

Student reaction was very positive reflected in comments such as, “the assembly was very inspiring. It made you think about what you want to do with your life” and “it was a good experience. It taught us that there is no shame in being different and you can achieve something if you are determined”.

Headteacher Keith Prytherch said: “We believe there is something special and unique in everyone.

“Craig’s story and the programme themes which follow have been designed to help unlock untapped potential.

“Our aim is to help our young people to take more control of their lives by becoming more self-aware and self-responsible.

“We want them to develop the skills they need to follow their dreams and to begin their own successful journey.”