Paralympic Athletes Visit
On Friday 27th January we were fortunate to have paralympians Stef Reid and Sam Ruddock at Stonebow to show off their medals and give unique career insights to our enthusiastic Key Stage Two pupils. The visit to our school was part of a unique series of special school visits from top British athletes to promote a Blue Peter competition for 6 to 15-year-olds to design one mascot for the World Para Athletics Championships and one for the IAAF World Championships.
Stef Reid showed off her Paralympic medals from Beijing 2008, London 2012 and Rio 2016, where she won bronze then successive silvers, while European silver medallist Sam Ruddock, a veteran of two Games himself, gave a glimpse as to what it takes to reach the very top of the sport.
Stef Reid, who also serves as a non-executive Board member for the World Para Athletics Championships and IAAF World Championships, said: “The visit has been awesome – sometimes when you have been in the sport as long as I have it can become a little serious and you forget how much joy it brings to people around you. These kids were unbelievably excited to be a part of it by designing the mascot. There are so many ways to get involved in the Championships and this is a creative way which brings everyone together. The visit has made me walk away with a massive smile. It is just another reminder of how great it is that we have both the World Para Athletics Championships and IAAF World Championships taking place in London this summer.”
Sam Ruddock, who finished sixth in the F35 shot put at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games last summer, said: “It was a pleasure to meet the pupils at Stonebow and give them an insight into life as a Paralympic athlete. As athletes, we are all excited by the World Para Athletics Championships coming to London this summer and hopefully myself and Stef coming to speak to the schoolchildren will inspire them to be part of this incredible experience. The mascot design competition is a fun way to engage them with both Championships.”
Both mascot designs must be submitted by Friday, 10th February with the top 30 going before a London 2017 Ltd, IAAF, International Paralympic Committee and Blue Peter judging panel.
The winner will be announced on live television on Thursday, 20th April, and treated to a special Championship package.
To enter the competition click on the link below and download the application form. When you have created your designs, as well as a paragraph explaining what inspired your creations, bring your application back to school by Monday 6th February and give it to Miss Maddick, who will post all of the entries.