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Surprise visit from gold medallist inspires pupils

Team UK Invictus Games star Alex Krol visits Wilberforce Primary

Staff and pupils at Wilberforce Primary enjoyed a surprise visit this week from gold-medallist athlete Alex Krol – fresh from competing in this year’s Invictus Games.

Children at Wilberforce Primary have been learning about the Invictus Games as part of a whole-school project on the Games. They were therefore amazed to find that Team UK champion Alex had made a visit to their school to meet with them and talk about how sport had inspired him to persevere through challenges in his life.

Alex was injured in 2005 in a road traffic accident whilst on duty with the Royal Marines. He sustained a spinal injury and is now a full-time wheelchair user. Having competed at Orlando in 2016, Alex returned to the Invictus Games this year, competing this time in both wheelchair tennis and rowing.

Speaking to pupils, Alex emphasised how resilience and a positive attitude helped motivate him after his accident, and that getting back into sport inspired him to drive forward his recovery. In groups, he encouraged pupils to think about how they might aim to overcome obstacles in their lives and learning, by focusing on positive outcomes and remaining determined to succeed.

Claire Macfie, Headteacher at Wilberforce Primary, said:

“There could be no better way for our pupils to learn about the Invictus Games than to hear directly from one of the incredible athletes who represented the UK this year. We were delighted that Alex was able to join us to speak to pupils about his own experiences and give us a first-hand account of what it takes to compete at the top level.

“Resilience is an essential skill for children and young people growing up in the 21st century, helping them to rise to any challenge, adapt and succeed in an ever-changing world. Alex is therefore an excellent role model for our pupils, having proved that through perseverance and hard work amazing things are possible.”

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