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Paralympic swimmer inspires Castle Manor students

Paralympian swimmer Fran Williamson visits Castle Manor academy in Haverhill. 

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Paralympian swimmer Fran Williamson visits Castle Manor academy in Haverhill. FL;

Former Paralympian swimmer Fran Williamson visited Castle Manor Academy to meet with year 11 students.

The Paralympic athlete visited for the day as part of Sky Sports Living for Sport campaign, which aims to get inspirational figures in to school to motivate and inspire students, and spoke with the BTEC sport class last Tuesday (March 5).

The visit started with a talk from Fran about her life and career. Students were fascinated by the insights into living in Africa, finding an outlet via swimming and the success she then enjoyed.

They were amazed by her story about her first major world championship win and that ecstatic feeling when she eventually realised she had won.

Following the talk students joined Fran for aractical session in which they created new games using various new equipment.

The session was a real eye opener for students and allowed them to think differently about the way they approach sport.

Duncan Ainge, teacher of BTEC sport, said: “This was a real inspiration for both the students and staff.

“It’s brilliant for them to see someone that has achieved success at the very peak of their sport and is now able to inspire them for the future.”

Fran, who has cerebral palsy, retired from swimming in 2011 having won four silver and two bronze medals at the Paralympic Games in Athens and Beijing.

For all the latest news see Thursday’s (March 21) Echo.

 

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