Working with an Olympic Athlete

On Tuesday 7th February, Mrs Spurgeon and Mr Jenkin went with our High Fliers to Porthpean for a wet and windy Team Building day.

Mrs Spurgeon explained: “The High Flier programme is all about giving this group of our students the opportunity to step outside their comfort zone, teaching them to be more resilient, to overcome challenges and to aim high.”

The students participated in a number of challenges including the high ropes, wall climbing and the leap of faith.

“I found the day really challenging, but learnt how to work in a team and we really supported each other.” (Erin)

“It was fun; I beat my personal record on the Jacob’s Ladder! And I really pushed myself on the wall climbing.” (Faith)

“It was a really good experience and I feel it really helps boost my confidence. It was also a great opportunity to meet and work with Cassie!” (Liam)

The day came as part of the Sky Sports Living for Sport programme, which is a free initiative that ‘uses sport stars and sport skills to improve the lives of young people.’

As part of this programme, Penrice Academy was lucky to be joined by Athlete Mentor Cassie Patten, former Olympic Swimmer and Medallist for Team GB, who worked closely with the High Fliers on various sport, team and life skills.

Cassie visited twice to work with our students and also took the time to speak with Year 11 about dealing with stress and anxiety.

Mrs Spurgeon continued: “The change in confidence from the beginning of the day to the end was phenomenal, with many facing their fears and stepping out of their comfort zones. I am incredibly proud of the students’ personal achievements since working with Cassie!”