School welcomes multi gold medal-winning Paralympian - The Leamington Observer

School welcomes multi gold medal-winning Paralympian

Leamington Editorial 31st Oct, 2021   0

A MULTI gold medal-winning Paralympian dropped in on pupils and teachers at St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School in Whitnash.

Boccia champion David Smith MBE visited as part of a collaboration with Central Warwickshire Sports Partnership that provides competitive and leadership opportunities for young people through school games.

David spent time talking with the children about his life and how he grew up with Cerebral Palsy as a child.

He explained all about the game of boccia, which is similar to bowls or petanque but played with leather balls, and is one of only two sports unique to the Paralympic Games that has no similar sport in the Olympic Games.

He also talked about his early years and being introduced to the sport at age sic, the skill and precision needed to compete at a world level and fitting training and events around his schooling and ultimately his degree in Aerospace Engineering.

Executive headteacher of St Joseph’s, Julia Wallace, said: “The children were thrilled to meet an elite athlete and were inspired by his achievements and attitude to life. He is an inspiration for all of us, showing that barriers can be overcome”.


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