Today at Forest View Academy, Amy Smith an Olympic gold medallist, visited our school. She spoke about being terrified of water as a young girl; she overcame her fear by firstly watching other children having their swimming lessons, and then finding confidence when her competitive spirit took over and she decided to take ‘the plunge’!
We enjoyed her aspirational talk about finding your own unique talent and challenging yourself to achieve the best you can be. When faced with challenges, she decided to push herself into giving 100% of effort and commitment by training early every morning before school and every evening after school. This continued throughout her attendance to university and found herself training with actual Olympian athletes!
Amy demonstrated with volunteers from the audience how to become quick and snappy with your reactions to get stronger and faster in training.
Amy advised us that she got to the Olympics through eating healthy, training hard, being committed and most important of all…believing in herself. This is the most important thing…being confident about yourself and having faith that you can achieve…we should apply this to all aspects of our lives.
Every child in school had the opportunity to ask their own personal question about Amy’s extraordinary journey to success.