08:00 Wednesday 26 September 2012

Bobsleigh champ set to visit school

Written byHELEN KREFT

AN Olympian and former world champion is to make a special visit to a school to launch a sporting legacy scheme.

Nicola Minichiello
Nicola Minichiello

Nicola Minichiello, who took gold at the 2009 Bobsleigh World Championships, will be a guest speaker at Eureka Primary School, in Dunsmore Way, Midway, next month, to kick off its Olympic inspired programme —Be The Best You Can Be! The programme enables young people to discover and develop their potential and pursue their dreams.

It has been developed as an Educational Legacy going beyond sport and far beyond the inspiration of London 2012 to inspire the youth of Britain and the rest of the world.

As part of the launch an inspirational speaker, an Olympian, Paralympian or other high achiever, shares their story of how they overcame inevitable setbacks.

Despite being bullied throughout much of her school life, Nicola Minichiello has been a leading member of the Great Britain bobsleigh team since 2001.

She has been the British number one driver for the past eight years and competed in the past three Winter Olympic Games.

At the 2005 World championships she won a silver medal, which was Great Britain’s first in more than 40 years. She went on to top this by taking gold at the 2009 World Championships.

Prior to competing in bobsleigh she was a top ranked heptathlete representing Great Britain for more than eight years at a variety of European and world level competitions.

The school’s launch will be followed by further themes designed to help young people discover the skills they need to follow their dreams.

The programme participants are later presented with a Recognition Medallion produced and sponsored by the Royal Mint, intended to encourage them to continue to work towards their goals or set new ones.

Head teacher Karen Hambleton said: “I was determined that our school would be one of the schools to undertake the Be The Best You Can Be! programme as it begins to roll out nationally.

“The inspiration offered by high achievers including Olympians and Paralympians who strive to achieve their dreams is incredibly powerful and can really reach out and engage our young people.

“I am pleased to welcome Nicola Minichiello to launch our programme and my teachers and I look forward to delivering this exciting and transformational programme.”

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