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GCSE PE Students Inspired by Rio Olympians

07 October 2016

On Wednesday 28 September, 14 Year 11 GCSE PE students attended the 2016 Girls Go Gold Conference hosted by Newcastle High School.  The conference was opened by Alex Danson, a member of Team GB’s Gold medal winning hockey team. 

Alex delivered a truly inspirational keynote speech and shared her journey from a 14 year old hockey player to the Rio Olympics.  She even showed us her gold medal!  Holly Dyche (Year 11) said the speech was ‘emotional and touching and that Alex talked about how important team work was’.  Alex was joined by Amy Tinkler who won a Bronze medal on the floor discipline in the gymnastics in Rio, as well as Dame Sarah Storey who is Great Britain’s most successful female Paralympian.

Upon arrival, the girls enjoyed making their own breakfast smoothies on the smoothie bike, trying out different fruity combinations for a refreshing and nutritious start to their day.  Throughout the morning the girls enjoyed workshops led by one of Team GB’s doctors who was at Rio and London, a workshop on Talent Identification with a Tokyo 2020 hopeful, and a talk on sports management careers with the chief organiser of the Great North events.  Girls also enjoyed the opportunity to look at prospective universities at the higher education event as well as testing their knowledge on anti-doping and performance enhancing drugs in sport before taking part in a study investigating the relationship between height, arm span and reaction time. 

In true EHS style our Year 11’s took part in the study with some being more competitive than others; even Mrs Parsons had a go!  Heather Crombie was determined to get the highest score so had three attempts at securing the top spot on the leader board in the morning sessions.

In the afternoon, workshops were led by Northumbria University and these included a practical volleyball session, using a foam roller, performance analysis of an elite university netball match, sports psychology and a lecture of nutrition.  The day ended with a question and answer session with Alex Danson and Dame Sarah Storey.  At lunchtime we were also able to get a school photo with Alex and Sarah, our Rio stars, along with their gold medals.  On reflection, Emily Irving said the day was ‘informative and interesting’ whilst Alice Johnson said it was ‘a truly inspiring day’.

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