We were thrilled to welcome current 200m Paralympic champion and world record holder at 200m and marathon, Richard Whitehead MBE, to Alec Hunter last week. Richard was due to be the guest speaker at our Sports Awards Evening which took place in September, but was unable to attend as he was on a plane flying back from the Paralympic games held in Rio! Afterwards, he contacted us to apologise and kindly offered to come into school for a whole day.
Richard spent an hour with our Sports Awards winners, signing autographs and sharing inspirational stories. He also addressed every student during year group assemblies, sharing his personal experiences regarding barriers, how he overcame them, how he turned challenge into success and what makes him ‘PROUD’. He spoke about the importance of setting goals, having a resilient mindset when facing difficulties, and being strong in the face adversity. Students and staff were delighted to have had the opportunity to meet and listen to Richard talk about his personal journey and felt a new sense of energy towards making the most of every hour of every day and achieving personal targets.
Richard thanked students and staff for their hospitality and commented on the “real sense of community and passion” he saw whilst touring the school. We were all extremely proud to have met Richard and wish him every success for the future.
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