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Silver Olympic Medalist inspires EHS Students

Olympic Silver medalist Gillian Lindsay visited Esher High School to deliver the Sky Sports Living for Sport programme, to two groups of Year 8 girls.

Lindsay was part of the history-making crew that won Team GB’s first ever women’s Olympic rowing medal during the Sydney Olympics of 2000. When asked why she took up a role as a Sky Sports Ambassador, Gillian said: I am passionate about the benefits of sport and the positive changes it can make to young people’s lives. Sport doesn’t always have to be associated with being competitive – it can be used to build confidence, self-esteem and life-long friendships. It’s also a great way to help cope with stress and anxiety, whatever the area of concern in a young person’s life.”

Sky Sports Living for Sport has been running since 2003, as a way of improving behaviour and grew into something from which anyone or any group could benefit. The programme promotes its Six Keys to Success; Mental Toughness, Hunger to Achieve, People Skills, Sport & Life Knowledge, Breaking Barriers and Planning for Success. The programme looks to promote the Six Keys to Success through the delivery of team building games and social interaction, reflection periods, and through the athlete’s ability to relate their own personal experiences to those of the students that they work with.

PE Teacher, Mr McGilvray, who organised the visit said “Everything that the Living for Sport programme encompasses, is what we are trying to promote at Esher High School; not only through the delivery of our PE lessons and extra-curricular clubs, but across the whole school. The Six Keys to Success underpin our values of holistic development, and the opportunity to have a decorated athlete visit the school and deliver these sessions, was something that we could not ignore!”

“The Sydney Olympics were the first that I can remember avidly watching, and hearing Gillian’s first-hand account of the heart ache of missing out on a seat in the 1996 Olympics, the journey she took to ensure that she made progress as an athlete to achieve a seat in the Sydney Olympics, and then reliving that historic moment as the boat crossed the finish line in 2nd place, was truly inspiring