The captain of Team GB’s women’s football team at the Olympics, Casey Stoney, visited Walton Girls’ High School recently.
The Lincoln and England footballer inspired the students at a school assembly, where she gave an insight into her career so far and her Olympic experiences.
Student Laura Bailey, 16, said: “Casey gave a really inspiring talk and told us the story about how she made it as an athlete, and how she was so determined even when there were times that may have held her back.”
Poppy Hallam, 16, added: “She showed me that no matter what your circumstances are when growing up, that if you put your mind to it and believe in yourself, anything is possible.”
Casey met with students in two project groups involved with the Sky Sports: Living for Sport programme, the Year 7 PE Group and the Senior Hockey Development Group, and underlined the importance of teamwork and working hard to achieve their goals.
Casey’s aim was to encourage the girls to develop their sporting ability and skills. She said: “I had a great morning at the school and really hope that the Sky Sports Living for Sport team really use their project to help them grow and gain confidence in everything they do.”
PE teacher Katie Sandell was delighted with the visit. She said: “Casey was a great example for our students. Her success wasn’t handed to her on a plate. I hope the girls will be inspired by her story and set out on their own road to success.”