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Olympic finalist attends Drapers Academy

PUBLISHED: 14:14 20 October 2011

Jeanette Kwakye

Jeanette Kwakye

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Jeanette Kwakye attends Romford school to talk to students.

Olympic 100m and 400m finalist Jeanette Kwakye visited Drapers Academy in Romford last Friday to talk about how sport can change lives.

Representing the Sky Sports Living for Sport campaign, a free secondary schools initiative delivered in partnership with the Youth Sport Trust, Kwakye spoke of her own experiences in a bid to motivate and inspire the pupils to further improve their lives through sport.

Kwakye is one of 23 athlete mentors on the programme – all of whom have overcome issues such as recurring injury, disability or a deprived background.

She said: “I come away from every school visit feeling really inspired by the drive and determination of the young people I meet and by the incredible commitment of the teachers who make it all happen.

“Seeing pupils put the skills they have acquired and the lessons they have learned into practice in such positive ways is a fantastic endorsement of the power of sport to change lives in so many ways.”

Mike Stallard, a PE teacher at Drapers Academy, added: “Jeanette’s visit represents the culmination of many weeks of hard work by this group of students, during which time they have learnt numerous important skills and life lessons.”

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