At the event, held at Aston Villa Stadium, Kinlochleven High were invited to listen to an explanation of the program and a talk from an Olympian, Christian Malcolm, who competed in the 2000 Sydney Olympics in the 200m running and is the 1998 Junior European Champion in the same sport.
Paralympian David Smith MBE, who was also at the event, has competed in the Olympics, Paralympics and winter Olympics in rowing and cycling. However David started out with shinty, even competing against Ballachulish at some point, and skiing, as he was born in Aviemore. David Smith was born with a club foot and spent years in physio, before discovering, years later, a tumour which was crushing his spine.
Both athletes gave inspirational talks including many of the Olympic values and about volunteering, as it was volunteers who got them to where they are now, from lifts down to the nearest running track to visiting athletes in hospitals to help them do anything.
Much of the day was interactive, where people of different schools from all over the country were mixed together to work in teams to learn skills that they would need in the “Get Set” program, including how to spread information, using resources and potential problems with pre-planned events.
Kinlochleven High School aims to not only boost the community through physical health, but through mental, environmental and social health by having a “Skills Swap” session, various litter picks in different areas, Christmas Hampers and much more. This is a great achievement for the school and is a chance for the whole school to get involved in project with a good cause.
In all the event was an amazing experience for everyone involved and was extremely inspiring, with tips from the athletes such as finding a passion for something will mean that volunteering for it is a joy for you as well as a good skill and having gratitude for everything, no matter how small. The program aims to help people find what they love, try their hardest and do well for others with passion.
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