Paralympian Julie gives key speech to captivated children

Julie Rogers.
Julie Rogers.

More than 100 Primary Schools across the county were represented at the Primary PE and SchoolSport Conference organised by Northamptonshire Sport this week.

The theme for the Conference held at Highgate House in Creaton was developing an inclusive approach to physical education, school sport and physical activity for every child with a range of keynote speakers and workshops. Young Paralympian Julie Rogers captivated the audience with an inspirational keynote speech about her journey to the London 2012 Paralympics.

Julie qualified to represent ParalympicsGB in sitting volleyball only two years ago despite only getting involved in the sport for fun. Julie said: “My experience of the Paralympics was overwhelming but I had some negative experiences in my initial introduction to PE and school sport due to my disability and social exclusion to an extent.

“I used to have various excuses to avoid taking part and I encountered bullying. I was introduced to gymnastics which was a turning point, then I discovered wheelchair basketball. Sitting volleyball changed my life, I grew in confidence and made new friends very quickly.”

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