Students play basketball with GB athlete

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Silver medallist and GB athlete Stef Collins put Pool Academy students through their paces when she visited recently.

The silver medal commonwealth games Basketball player was invited to work with Year 7 students as part of the Inspired through Sport initiative.

The sportswoman gave a presentation during morning assembly with the message to ‘never give up’. She then took part in a questions and answer session before holding some practical workshops in the sports hall.

Students were keen to see her silver medal which she had brought to the school with her.

Stef said: “I really enjoyed delivering a presentation on basketball and having the opportunity to deliver fun basketball skills and drills.

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“It was great to work with this age group and hopefully they will have a passion for the game.”

Tom Ford, PE teacher, said: “She was very good with the students. They all enjoyed having her visit Pool Academy and loved taking part in the workshops.”

During the Q&A session students asked how she trained, where she was based and what kind of injuries she had gotten during her career as a sportswoman.

They learnt over the years she had never broken a bone but had injuries including a sprained ankle, a stress fracture and had knee surgery but ‘got my way back to top fitness’ after each injury.

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Inspired by Sport is a supporter of British Athletes in the UK.

Visit www.inspiredthroughsport.co.uk for more information.