GB Bobsleigh Star inspires students at Truro College
Truro College students had the opportunity to get inspired by one of Great Britain's winter sports stars this week, when Serita Shone GB bobsleigher visited the college. Almost 600 students crammed in to three separate presentations to hear how sport has helped Serita overcome barriers in her life, and how her experiences could inspire students to achieve both academically and professionally.
Truro and Penwith College won a visit from Serita Shone after submitting a story to Sport England about one of their outstanding projects delivered through the Health, Wellbeing and Sport programme, which has encouraged more of their students to take up sport. Serita is one of Sport England's Sporting Champions and in this capacity she uses the memories of sport participation and London 2012 to inspire young people.
"I was amazed at the number of students who came to listen to me talk" said Serita. "There was a real mixture of areas of study too, not just sports students. That demonstrates how inclusive the college must be in terms of sports engagement".
Serita talked to the students about the challenges she faced when she was almost killed during a freak accident on the bobsleigh run, and how her determination, self-belief and commitment to achieve her goal inspired her to return to the sport. She related the experiences to those of young people in education and how important it was to work hard to achieve their goals.
Julian Wills, College Sports Maker for Truro and Penwith College said "Serita really inspired the students and staff. I have had some fantastic feedback from those who attended. The College would like to thanks Sertita for her time and wish her the best of luck for the future."
Serita missed out on a place in the GB 2014 Winter Olympic team by the slimmest of margins, and will be focusing all her effort and training on securing a place in the 2018 team.