Olympic Athlete Visits Pool Academy

World Championships Gold medallist Annie Vernon visited Pool Academy recently to help inspire students in sports.

The Olympic rower spent the day with students focusing on six keys to success in mental toughness.

During the morning she worked with 20 Gifted and Talented Sports students from Year 7 before meeting 15 girls from Year 9 and Year 10.

In the afternoon Annie met with some of the local primary schools.

“I really enjoyed my trip to Pool Academy,” said Annie. “I was blown away by the enthusiasm of the students who took part with the Sky Sports Living for Sport programme and also the commitment of the staff team to support them in that.”

Sharon Bright, from Pool Academy, said: “The groups loved the day which focused on the six keys to success mental toughness; hunger to achieve, people skills, sports and life knowledge, breaking barriers, planning for success and how to make the most of opportunities.

“This visit has inspired the students about making the most of opportunities and aspiring to achieve their maximum potential in their sports.”

Annie is a rower who achieved Gold in the 2007 World Championships and a silver in the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

She came fifth in the London Olympics in 2012.

The athlete grew up in Cornwall and went to school in Wadebridge.

Her visit was part of the Sky Living for Sport Project. The six keys to success are designed to help young people develop valuable life skills that will help them in and outside of school, now and into the future.

Phil Jones