On Monday 6th November we welcomed Great Britain athlete Paul Blake at Norton Hill School. Paul was born with the condition cerebral palsy but did not let this stop him from fulfilling his lifelong dream of becoming a professional athlete.
He took part in both the London 2012 and Rio 2016 Paralmpic Games winning bronze, silver and, eventually, a gold medal in the T36 800m and 400m events. He also won gold medals in the 2013 and 2015 World Championships, and was awarded an MBE this year.
Paul visited KS3 and GCSE PE students and spoke about his career, obstacles he has faced, and what it takes to compete at the highest level. The students thoroughly enjoyed listening to Paul talk about his experiences, and were fascinated to hear about how intense his training regime is and how fast he runs in his races despite his disability. He was truly inspirational to listen to, and delivered a strong message about how you can achieve anything with hard work and determination, even with a disability.