Olympian to mentor the pupils of Harleston Church of England Primary Academy

19 November 2021

Pupils from Harleston Church of England Primary Academy are getting very excited about a special visit and continued mentorship from the Great Britain Olympic Bronze Medallist, Joel Fearon.

The professional athlete, known for sprinting and bobsleighing, delivered an online Collective Worship: sharing his Olympics experiences, as well as running a PE workshop session for each class on Wednesday 17 November 2021.

Mr Dan Stagg, Assistant Headteacher of Harleston Church of England Primary Academy, part of St Benet’s Multi Academy Trust said: “We are immensely grateful to Joel for giving up his time. It’s very exciting that he came into our school for the day on November 17. 

“We will be working with him throughout the academic year and beyond as Joel will be taking on a mentoring role within the school, spending time with children in small groups and on a one-to-one basis. However, these dates will not take place until he is back from representing Team GB at the Winter Olympics in February.

“Joel has been a visitor to schools that I have previously worked in and he is an absolute inspiration. It promises to be a day that all of the children will really enjoy.”

Mr Joel Fearon said: “I am currently one of the fastest hundred-meter sprinters in British history, also one of a handful of athletes to have had the privilege of bringing home a winter Olympic medal and the world’s Only sub ten second sprinter to compete in a winter Olympics. More importantly, what I really am is just a man, who as a young boy had a love for sports and a dream to sprint amongst the greats. I am looking forward to spending quality time with the students at Harleston Church of England Primary Academy.”

Mr Richard Cranmer, CEO of St Benet’s Multi Academy Trust said: “Days when we have inspirational people such as Joel Fearon spending quality time with our students are days that they will remember for a very long time.”

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