Inspirational Olympian Rion Pierre put a group of Sutton Coldfield students through their paces last week when he visited one of the Royal Town’s outstanding secondary schools.
Arthur Terry’s year 7s and 8s took part in a training session with the elite athlete, who is preparing for the Tokyo 2020 for the 100m sprint and the 1x400m relay. They also had an opportunity to ask the Berkshire athlete who trains with Windsor Slough Eton & Hounslow, about his life and achievements and to hear his remarkable story.
Rion was raised in East London and became a professional footballer with Chelsea FC 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. In 2009 he was the European u23 4 x 100m relay Gold Medalist.
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.”