Inspiring athlete comes to Campion

MHDE-23-09-11 PARALYMPIAN SEP72 (1)'Paralympian Mark Fosbrook, visits Campion School, Bugbrooke.
MHDE-23-09-11 PARALYMPIAN SEP72 (1)'Paralympian Mark Fosbrook, visits Campion School, Bugbrooke.

A PARALYMPIAN’S visit to a village secondary school has helped to inspire its pupils to follow their own dreams.

Mark Fosbrook, who is a double below the knee amputee, gave a talk to the pupils and held wheelchair basketball workshops at Campion School in Bugbrooke.

He was talking to Year Seven pupils about his experiences having competed in Paralympic volleyball in Atlanta and is hoping to perform wheelchair basketball in London.

Advanced skills teacher in creativity Zoe Newbery said: “The Olympics and Paralympics next year is going to be a very big thing for everyone in this county and we want to celebrate that.

“It was great to have someone who could talk about their experiences at the Paralympics and what it was like.”

Mark, who has lobster claw syndrome which is a deficiency on the hand, has visited Campion School before but his message was no less inspiring for people.

Mrs Newbery added: “Mark has visited for the past couple of years. He is obviously an athlete who has triumphed despite his disability and I think a lot of the pupils came out of that talk feeling that they could achieve anything. They responded absolutely fantastically to him.”

The visit on Friday marked the end of the school’s creative week which saw Year Seven pupils taken off timetable to do a wide range of different activities.

Themed around the Olympics, pupils researched the values of the games, built tabogans, designed cultural banners, learned dances from different countries and took part in a rowing competition.

The aim of the creative week is to give the school’s new starters a wide range of different exercises to broaden their school experience.

Mrs Newbery said: “This is designed to give them something fun and memorable right at the start of the school.

“A lot of the pupils might have come from the village school where they will have known everyone, so here is a chance for them to get to make some new friends and work as a team.

“The pupils get to try something they wouldn’t normally do and give them a broad experience.”