Infant & Junior Pupils inspired by Special Olympics athletes

Posted on: 6th July 2017


Pupils in the Infant and Junior School saw co-operation and inspiration in action this week as they welcomed two Special Olympics athletes into school. Alexander Thompson and Niall Guitte, both basketball players, spoke to the girls about the perseverance and determination they have demonstrated to succeed as athletes in the Yorkshire and Humber squad.

Niall and Alexander will take part in the Special Olympics GB National Games, which takes place in Sheffield this summer from 7-12 August. The event, for athletes with intellectual disabilities, will see around 2600 athletes and their families arrive in Sheffield to take part in a week long programme of sporting events.

Niall and Alexander answered questions from the girls about their training regimes and the obstacles they have overcome to be part of the Special Olympics team.  Speaking about the visit, Head, Mr Chris Hald said:

“We were delighted to welcome Niall and Alexander into school and were all so inspired to learn about their journey to being part of the Special Olympics. Our word of the week has been co-operation and we saw from the athletes how important it is to co-operate and work together when you are part of a team.”

The visit was organised by Dr Harrower, whose daughter is in the Junior School. Dr Harrower will be volunteering at the Special Olympics this Summer and her daughter Melissa, will be dancing in the opening ceremony which takes place at Sheffield United Football Stadium on 8th August.