15 November 2013

Students at Stoke Damerel Community College had the chance to get their hands on a real Olympic medal when they met their sporting mentor for the first time.

Olympic bronze medalist swimmer Cassie Patten paid her first visit to the College on 15 November 2013 as part of Sky Sports Living For Sport project - a free UK secondary schools initiative.

The 10-week project - which is delivered in partnership with the Youth Sport Trust - uses sport stars and sport skills to boost students’ confidence and increase attainment.

Cassie, who is from Cornwall, spoke to a group of 20 talented Year 7,8 and 9 female sport students about her life before letting them hold the medal she won in the 10 km open water swimming event at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

The College is one of 10 schools in the South West to have been allocated a mentor and Cassie was handpicked by the Youth Sport Trust because of her unique personal journey, overcoming a range of challenges to achieve sporting success.

“I hope they enjoyed hearing my story, they certainly asked some excellent questions!” said Cassie.

“I hope to inspire them to look beyond school sport and think about taking it to the next level.

“I also want to reinforce the idea that being a female involved in sport is a positive thing - I’m really looking forward to working with them.”

PE teacher Miss Le Page explained that she applied for the College to take part after seeing an advert for the project during the summer holidays.

“We are so lucky to have Cassie coming in to work with our students, I know they will benefit enormously,” she said.

Year 8 student Victoria said it had been a “wonderful experience”.

“It was a privilege to hear her talk and it felt amazing to meet someone like her, I’m really looking forward to the next session.”

Sports students shown Patten for success

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