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Olympian teaches Arthur Terry students to go for gold

Rion Pierre visited the academy to inspire and motivate pupils with his remarkable story

Posted by Lucinda Reid | May 21, 2018 | School life

Inspirational Olympian Rion Pierre put Arthur Terry students through their paces this week at the outstanding Sutton Coldfield school.

Year 7s and 8s at The Arthur Terry School took part in a training session with Rion Pierre, who is preparing for the Tokyo 2020 for the 100m sprint and the 1x400m relay. They also had an opportunity to ask Rion about his life and achievements and to hear his remarkable story.

Rion was raised in East London and became a professional footballer at the age of 17, but suffered a back and hip injury, which took him out of football for seven months. On his road to recovery, he started back at an athletics track to build his strength and speed. Within 18 months, he was chosen for the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

Teacher, Rebekah Leadbeater, said: “It was an inspirational, thought-provoking day that will hopefully motivate and show the pupils through hard work, dedication and with the right mind set, they can achieve great things.”

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