Pupils in awe of Olympian rower Alison

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Pupils at Tollgate School gave a warm welcome to Olympian rower Dr Alison Mowbray when she visited them on Friday (February 28).

The 43-year-old, who won a silver medal at the 2004 Summer Olympics competing in the woman’s quadruple scull, was on hand to talk to the children about her dreams and how she achieved them.

Alison has visited a number of schools as part of the Be the Best you can Be! Programme, which was inspired by the 2012 London Olympics to encourage young people to fulfil their dreams.

She said, “My role today was to teach the children about my dreams, how I achieved them and to get them a bit inspired.

“When I work with the children I get them to think about the things they love doing, if you want to get good it at it you’ve be got to work incredibly hard.”

Alison was not the only visitor to the school on Friday. The town’s MP Stephen LLoyd was at a special event to mark the school’s recent Ofsted report.

Alison, who was a scientist and thought she would continue on that career path, added, “I thought I was going to be a scientist but along the way I discovered rowing and that I was pretty good at it. I came to rowing much later in my life than most people who go to the Olympics do.

“It was only really when I was 27 that I first trained hard enough and trialled to get on to the team.”

To find out more about the Be the Best you can Be! Programme go to the website: http://www.21stcenturylegacy.com/

To watch a video of Dr Alison Mowbray talking about her visit to Tollgate School go to: www.eastbourneherald.co.uk. See the Herald on Friday (March 7) for the article on the school’s Ofsted report.




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