London 2012 medallist visits Chorley schools

Rik Waddon with Parklands pupils

Rik Waddon with Parklands pupils

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A London 2012 silver medallist joined pupils from two Chorley schools for a special problem-solving activity day.

Team GB paralympian Rik Waddon joined pupils from Parklands and St Michael’s CE high schools for the session at the Anderton Centre, an outdoor activities centre in Rivington.

Rik, who lives in Chorley, said: “The facilities at the Anderton Centre were amazing and in great surroundings.

“After giving my story to the youngsters, I suddenly found myself plonking on a mountain climbing helmet and heading off towards a Krypton Factor-style obstacle course.

“I was paired up with a group from Parklands High School. At first I was a little reluctant to join in, as I wanted the youngsters to think for themselves about how they were going to tackle the course. But after a few minutes it dawned on me that I was going to be a part of their puzzle in achieving the goal of getting across the course. The group did really well and their communication was spot on.”

The session was arranged through the Sky Sports Living for Sport Athlete Mentor scheme.

The visit was also part of the TALL (Targeted Active Lifestyle Learning) programme, from the Chorley Sports Partnership aimed at Year 9 pupils to help build self confidence, and encouraging the pupils to work together.

Pupils were chosen for the programme in consultation with the schools Holy Cross and Southlands schools have also been taking part in this programme.

Lynda Myles, from the Anderton Centre, said: “The TALL project fits perfectly with our ethos of tapping into the power of outdoor activities to inspire children and young people and develop confidence and self esteem.”

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