26 April 2017
On Wednesday 26th April, Jenny Meadows came into school. Jenny was a Great Britain athlete, who was a World and European medallist. She is one of Britain’s leading female athletes who first represented Great Britain in 2000. Her best performance was in the 800m at the 2009 World Outdoor Championships in Berlin, where she won a magnificent bronze medal in a life-time best of 1:57.93, becoming the 3rd fastest British women of all time. Unfortunately, due to injury, Jenny missed competing in the London Olympics and even though she made a return to competitive action to become Commonwealth Games finalist in 2014 and the world leader in the Women’s 800m indoors in 2015, she announced her retirement in 2016.
First, Jenny spoke to the whole school in assembly. Then she visited each year group, talking about how she became involved in sport and her journey to the very top. She shared her highs and lows and encouraged all the children to be ambitious both inside and outside the classroom. She empathised that the children should believe in themselves and ‘never give up’.
Jenny was joined in school by her husband and coach, Trevor Painter. While Jenny was talking to the children in their class rooms, Trevor was working with each year group on the All Weather, developing their running skills. The children really enjoyed the fun activities and races that Trevor organised.
At lunchtime, a group of children joined Jenny and Trevor for more running activities and races on our All Weather area.