Hurdler Jack inspires a generation
GB ATHLETE Jack Green met more than 200 students and young leaders from seven East Northamptonshire schools earlier this month, inspiring them to be the best they can be in sport and life.
Olympic 400m hurdler Jack is the European U23 Champion and was a key member of the 4x400m team at London 2012 that narrowly missed out on a medal. He now has his sights set on producing his best at the Rio Olympic Games this summer, after a year’s training in the USA.
Jack’s visit to the county was centred around the Wellingborough and East Northants School Sport Partnership, which were celebrating some excellent sporting successes as part of the School Games programme.
St Peter’s CE Academy in Raunds was the first school to welcome Jack as he spent time answering questions prepared by the athletics team. St Peter’s sports hall athletics team are competing at the Level 3 Northamptonshire School Games this month, against the best schools in the county, alongside Oakway Academy.
At Raunds’ Manor School Sports College, fresh from his training weekend with the GB 4x400m relay squad, Jack delivered a workshop with the new Year 7 Leadership Academy, launched as part of the PE 2020 Healthy Minds Pilot. This was followed by a special School Games Assembly held to recognise each secondary school in the partnership achieving the School Games Mark Award for the first time.
The assembly was attended by selected students from The Ferrers School, Rushden Academy, Weavers Academy and Wrenn Academy. Jack encouraged the students to think about the types of characteristics that contribute to becoming a top-level athlete, including resilience, passion, commitment and respect.
Jack finished his afternoon with a trip to Hatton Academy, where he led a lively athletics masterclass for Oakway Academy athletics team supported by the PE staff.
Jack said: “It was great to see the impact of the School Games in Northamptonshire, with so many schools achieving the School Games Mark and regularly taking part in competitions.
“I look forward to hearing how St Peter’s Academy and Oakway Academy get on at the Winter School Games after meeting their sports hall athletics teams. They had some excellent questions; we talked about everything from my experience of London 2012, a passion for rugby, dinosaurs, dealing with nerves and favourite omelettes for breakfast! The enthusiasm and passion from all the staff and students I met was brilliant!”
Hannah Hore, school sport manager for Northamptonshire Sport (Wellingborough & East Northamptonshire) said: “It was a really inspiring afternoon for the seven schools and 200 students that Jack Green met during his visit. Jack talked about his passion for all sport and competitive edge from a very young age, the importance of enjoying sport really came through. Many of the students who attended have qualified for the Winter School Games (February 23-26) and represented their school at district and county level.”
Pictured above right – PASSION FOR SPORT: Jack Green meets students at Oakway Academy in Wellingborough.
Pictured top – MEETING STUDENTS: GB 400m hurdler Jack Green talked about pupils’ enthusiasm for sports at Raunds’ Manor School Sports College.