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British fastest boarder visits Bradon

On Friday Bradon Forest were privileged to welcome Britain’s fastest snowboarder and Sky Sports Ambassador Jamie Barrow to share his inspiring story with some of our students.

 Sky Sports run a free initiative with the Youth Sports Trust, whereby athlete mentors visit schools and spend time with selected students. Jamie was a successful youth snowboarder, representing Team Great Britain from the age of 14, and winning the British Junior Championships three years in a row. However, Jamie would later suffer a serious back injury and was told by doctors that he would never snowboard again. Determined to prove the doctors wrong and return to his passion, Jamie pushed himself through recovery to get back on a snowboard, and would go on to set the British Snowboard Speed and World Indoor Snowboard Speed records. The students took inspiration from Jamie’s talk and shared their own passions with him - eventing, moto-cross and netball to name a few.

Jamie spent the day with the students, beginning with his inspirational talk followed by some team building activities. Jamie introduced Sky Sport’s six keys to success and discussed their importance in sport and in life. Students shared their thoughts on Mental Toughness, Hunger to Achieve, People Skills, Sports and Life Knowledge, Breaking Barriers and Planning for Success and were challenged to remember and identify them in the activities they took part in. Students’ worked in groups to accomplish different tasks, from using their bodies to draw objects, team tic-tac-toe, and a basketball guess who game. These challenges forced students to work together and come up with strategies to help them succeed.

After lunch, the students and Jamie sat down to discuss goal setting and to choose what project they could run in the upcoming weeks. The students have decided to organize a sports day for a local primary school, and over the next few weeks will be working as a team to ensure that everything is in place to make their sports day a success.

Bradon Forest would like to thank Jamie for taking the time out of his busy schedule to visit us and wish him every success as he gears towards his next snowboarding speed record!

 Follow Jamie on his website www.jamiebarrow.com or on twitter.com/JamieBarrow_GB.