Wednesday, October 16, 2013
The visit was part of the Sky Sports Living for Sport programme.
Two Olympic heroes paid a visit to Honiton Community College’s sports academy, which caters for the top student athletes in the school.
Paralympic swimmer David Hill and Olympic 2012 hockey bronze medallist Alex Danson, visited the students as part of Sky Sports’ Living for Sport programme.
The scheme sees the pair visit schools in the country and promote six keys, such as having mental toughness and planning for success.
The Olympians held several team activities with the students and chatted to them about their futures and what’s required to have the best chance to succeed.
David said: “The students really came out of their shell when we got them into the sports hall and working together – they had a total change of character.
“We worked with the students and made them feel like what it’s like to be in our shoes. Hopefully, they have got something out of it.”
After the event, the two sports stars posed for photos and chatted freely with the students.
“It was really enjoyable,” said 16-year-old student Will Tyers.
“We learned what athletes do to get to the next level.”
Honiton Community College’s principal, Glenn Smith, concluded: “To get somebody such as David and Alex in to give the students motivation and to work with them, through this programme, is absolutely fantastic.”