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Chrissie Wellington gives inspirational talk

Chrissie Wellington OBE, former professional triathlete and four-time Iron Man Triathlon World Champion at Redmaids

“There are no limits when it comes to achieving your goals” was the inspirational message from Chrissie Wellington OBE, former professional triathlete and four-time Iron Man Triathlon World Champion, when she visited last week.

Chrissie talked to our Year 3 pupils about how she discovered cycling whilst on a trip to Nepal working on international aid efforts, where her level of enjoyment and endurance almost took her by surprise.  It was this trip that led her to take up triathlon as a professional sport.  Because of this, one of her key messages to the pupils was that unless you try, you don’t know if you’re going to be good at something.

As part of the positive and uplifting talk, Chrissie shared some of the major lessons she’s learnt throughout her career.  She encouraged the girls to dream big dreams and to think about where their passions lie, because everyone is unique and has different strengths. Self-belief and not giving up have been crucial throughout her journey.  Whilst winning races were of course, career highlights, the times that she did not win only made her more determined.  And ultimately, she encouraged pupils to always do their best and have fun.

Having retired as a professional athlete, Chrissie is now strongly involved in Park Run, which organizes free running events all over the UK to adults as well as children through Junior Park Run.  Promoting a healthy lifestyle and regular physical activity early on is something she is passionate about.

Head teacher Lisa Brown said “We are delighted to have such an accomplished triathlete visit Redmaids’ High Juniors.  Chrissie is an inspiration to our pupils, and really exemplifies the ethos of our school – that you should always have a go, try new things and strive to be the best at whatever you choose to do.”

Date Posted: 04 March 2019

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