We were very pleased to host Team GB 400M sprinter Luke Lennon-Ford at Whitehorse Manor Junior School today, Friday 1st March. Luke is a British sprinter, coached by Linford Christie. At the 2011 European Athletics U23 Championships, he won bronze in the 400 metres and gold in the 4 x 400 metres relay. He was a member of Team GB competing at the London Olympics in 2012 and was a silver medallist at the IAAF World indoor Championships 2014, in a 4 x 400 race which saw the winning team from the USA set a new world record. The visit was organised by ‘Sports Champions UK’ who aim to put athletes in school to inspire and motivate pupils to live a healthier, more active lifestyle and achieve their dreams whilst raising money for up-coming athletes. Pupils raised sponsorship money by completing circuit training with Luke leading them and it was great to see the children being so physically active first thing in the morning. And what a very inspiring visitor Luke was. During his assembly, the children sat in rapped awe as he described his training routine (6 hours, 6 days a week); the athletes’ diet (no McDonalds or KFC) and shared a film of his silver medal win. We were watching him on Youtube but he was standing right there! It was also inspiring to hear him say that when he started in sport he had to get used to losing, and that this has made him a better athlete as getting used to losing meant that he got better at picking himself up and trying again. Real life ‘growth mind-set’ education.