Badminton Olympian inspires Grantham students

Former international badminton player Anthony Clark with students at Priory Ruskin Academy. 837D

Former international badminton player Anthony Clark with students at Priory Ruskin Academy. 837D

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Former badminton international Anthony Clark delivered an inspirational assembly to students at The Priory Ruskin Academy in Grantham.

Anthony, who recently retired from international badminton, is now a Sky Living for sports mentor. He is one of the sport’s most prolific and respected players gaining over 100 caps for England, winning seven Commonwealth medals, two World Championship medals and representing Great Britain at two Olympic Games.

Anthony is now sharing his knowledge, experience and enthusiasm with everyone who has the passion to participate in and enjoy sport.

Anthony worked with the school’s sports leadership group, through practical and theory sessions he introduced and worked on the six keys to success which have been developed in partnership with the British Athletes Commission.

Students witnessed the badminton practical session and his showcase match at lunch with county number one player Paul Mayfield who is a member of staff at the school.

Anthony said: “I believe that everyone has a talent, although some people may not know themselves what it is. I learnt so much from older players throughout my career and it is an honour for me to be able to pass on my knowledge and experience to the next generation of young sportsmen and women. It would make me very proud to witness these young people develop and hopefully find a sport that they love.”