Students enjoy inspirational visit from athlete

Paralympian Luke Sinnott with gifted young athletes at The Arnewood School.

Paralympian Luke Sinnott with gifted young athletes at The Arnewood School.

Students at a New Forest school were left inspired when Paralympian Luke Sinnott thanked them for their fundraising efforts.

The Arnewood School in New Milton was visited by Luke as it is one of the leading schools in the UK to raise money for Sports Relief.

In the past six years the school has raised more than £51,000 for charity, with £15,089 of that going to Sports Relief.

The athlete and former army captain, who has competed in long jump at the Paralympics and Invictus Games, led an assembly for year 7 and 8 students and then spent time coaching some of its young promising sports starts.

Luke said: “It was a pleasure to visit Arnewood School to see all their efforts for Sports Relief.

“The children braved the artic winds for a 40 min sprint session where they impressed me with their efforts. There are some good athletes developing at Arnewood, the future is bright.”

In assembly Luke spoke about how he became an international long jumper, after losing both his legs in Afghanistan.

He also showed the students videos of him competing at the Paralympics and Invictus Games.

After the assembly Luke spent time with promising athletes from years 7 and 8, leading a running workshop.

Luke demonstrated the different techniques and skills and also gave them a running display.

Nigel Pressnell, headteacher of The Arnewood School, said: “It was an honour to welcome Luke Sinnott to the school.

“He not only led an assembly for all our year 7 and 8 children but he also spent time coaching and training some of our young sport stars.

“Luke’s visit was inspirational and demonstrated perfectly that with determination, hard work and talent you can fulfil your ambitions. He truly left his mark on all of us.”


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