Olympic 2012 sharp shooter Alex inspires at Cavendish

Alex Danson
Alex Danson

London 2012 bronze medallist Alex Danson visited Cavendish School to give mentoring sessions and presentations to students.

As part of Sky Sports Living for Sport the pupils were treated to personal lessons from the Olympic star about leadership, communication and the benefits of sport.

Accompanied by her medal Alex Danson, 27, said, “Winning the medal was the greatest experience of my entire life. It has got me into the schools to inspire the pupils, which is a real privilege.”

The scheme aims to encourage children to participate in all different sports while at school. Danson has been a part of the programme for over four years but her school visits have hugely increased after her Olympic success last summer.

Danson was part of the medal-winning Great Britain women’s hockey team and finished the tournament joint-top scorer.

She added, “Everything I’ve ever learnt has been on the sports field so I want to give back.”

Cavendish PE teacher Kate Clitherow said, “It takes a lot of commitment, organisation and devotion from staff, pupils and Alex to run a session like this but it is terrific work.”

The devotion was easy to see. The day included tutorials run by Danson for the nominated sport leaders from the school, who had created a project on leadership in sport which saw them visit local primary schools and help younger children in sport.

Sports leader, Jamie Francis, 13, said, “It is a great feeling to have Alex here because I play hockey and it is amazing for her to come in with her medal. Today I have learnt the importance of teamwork and how to respect others.”

Danson said, “There has been some fantastic work by the young people.”

Afterwards, a team building lesson and a presentation was made by the hockey star. The children were thrilled to have an Olympic medallist in their own school.

Last December Paralympic wheelchair rugby player Steve Brown visited the school as part of the programme. Cavendish hope to host a sports show with another Olympic star in late March to continue the programme for pupils.