Pupils quiz athletes about disabled sport and targeting success

Offwell pupils

Offwell pupils enjoy a Zoom call with athletes - Credit: Offwell Primary School

Para-athletes Jade Jones-Hall and her husband Callum Hall zoomed into Oak Class in Offwell Primary School for a question and answer session on the life of an athlete.

The class of nine to 11 year olds had been following a topic on ‘Champions’ which celebrates determination, resilience and endeavour – all key skills for sport and learning!

The children had prepared some questions on diet, training, goals, achievements and motivation.  The two athletes were really open about their journey into disabled sport and how they live their lives to ensure they can compete at a high level.

Record breaking Jade counts Commonwealth and European Gold medals amongst her achievements as well as making the finals at London 2012.  Callum is currently targeting going below 90 minutes for the wheelchair marathon – he is ‘only’ 27 seconds away from making that target.  

Both athletes made it clear that there is a lot of hard work and dedication required to achieve success which includes sensible eating, weight training, fitness work and maintaining motivation.  When asked what she would say to the children to help them with their motivation, Jade confirmed it was vital to realise that you do not know what you cannot do until you have tried.  Once you have found something you like keep on working at it. Callum stressed the need to keep on practising particularly if there is one area which is holding you back, however difficult it may seem, to give you the best chance of success.

Miss Phillips, teacher of Oak Class, said: "The children really enjoyed talking to Jade and Callum, questioning them on their lives and gaining a better understanding into how to stay motivated to do well.

"We thank Jade and Callum for taking the time to talk to the class and being so open and encouraging.’