Olympic Athlete to Mentor Pupils at Harleston Primary Academy

November 12, 2021

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

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

Mr Dan Stagg, Assistant Headteacher at Harleston Primary said: “We are immensely grateful to Joel for giving up his time. It’s very exciting that he will be coming into our school for the day on November 17th, but also that we will be working with him throughout the academic year and beyond. 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.”

Mr Stagg said: “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.”

Joel Fearon commented: “I am currently one of the fastest hundred-metre 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-10 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.”

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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