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Olympian’s sports day message to Grantham Additional Needs Federation

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A video message from an Olympic gold medallist inspired pupils from Grantham Additional Needs Federation (GANF) during their sports day on Friday.

London 2012 champion in the canoe slalom, Tim Baillie, attended the school last year to unveil its new sports field laid with artificial turf from the Olympics.

Despite being busy training in Canada, Tim took time out to record a special message for the GANF students.

The Team GB gold medallist said: “After having visited last year I am really excited for you all to be using the sports field again and enjoying the London legacy.

“I just wanted to send you a message to wish you all the best with your sports day and to remind you that by far the most important thing isn’t necessarily whether you win or lose but it is the taking part and absolutely giving it your all.”

At their sports day the students took part in a variety of activities including running, long jump, football, and climbing through an inflatable assault course.

Meanwhile older GANF students who are working towards their BTEC Sport qualifications were helping the younger pupils during the activities, including 15-year-old Jack Ward who said: “It is good to help the younger ones. They look up to us, and I want to go into sports coaching.”

Moreover those studying for their BTEC in Hospitality were also making the most of the day to build on their skills, serving tea and coffee to visitors.

As well as friends and family, the GANF students were joined by pupils from its twin special educational needs school KBZO in Obserschwaben, Germany, who are currently here on an exchange visit.

On the day principal in charge of schools, Ann White said: “It is amazing, and it is fantastic to see so many people here today.”

To watch Tim Baillie’s video message, click here

 

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