Last week, St Edmund’s School Canterbury was extremely pleased to welcome Abi Oyepitan, Commonwealth and Olympic athlete to work alongside some of their pupils. Abi’s athletic journey is an interesting one: a late comer to top level athletics, and beset by injury for a long period during the early 2000s, Abi regained fitness to compete and medal at the Commonwealth Games in 2010 and reach Olympic semi-finals in both the 100m and 200m during London’s 2012 Games.
Abi visited St Edmund’s as part of the school’s Sky Sports Living for Sport project and key to her message is the values of perseverance and resilience in applying an ethos of honest hard work to the challenges one may face. She dropped into a number of lessons including a Year 8 Maths session, where she provided data from her athletics career for the children to interpret and a Year 8 English lesson where she spoke to children who are preparing for English Speaking Board exams about the importance of preparation and resilience. Abi also visited Year 5 and spoke of her athletic successes and the barriers she has overcome.