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Inspiring Talk from GB Olympian

On Tuesday 6 November, pupils at St John’s were delighted to welcome the four times Winter Olympian and one of Britain’s greatest ever skiers, Chemmy Alcott, to talk to them about her fascinating journey in sport.

Since retiring in 2014, Chemmy has been committed to inspiring and educating the next generation of sports men and women. Having broken almost fifty bones, including her neck, during her skiing career, her inspiring story of overcoming adversity and facing her fears contained valuable ideas for pupils to apply both on and off the sports field. 
Addressing the assembled pupils, Chemmy discussed the importance of taking risks and challenging yourself. She focused on the value of learning from mistakes, believing in yourself and not holding back.

St John’s sport scholars relished the opportunity to ask Chemmy about her career, and were astounded to find out her fastest speed was 93mph!  Chemmy also discussed with the pupils how to balance their life and sport together, offering advice about how to manage pressure and expectation.  She emphasised the need to set realistic goals, to have commitment and to remember that, ultimately, sport is not a sacrifice.

Her closing message encouraged the pupils to be extraordinary and pursue their dreams - inspiring words from an interesting and dynamic sportswoman.