Boys Reflect on Olympic Stars Lecture
Friday, 04 November 2011
Ben and Jamie Price, brothers at Park Road Junior School, attended the Tillotson Lecture to hear Sir Philip Craven and Lord Sebastian Coe speak about the Olympic Legacy for the North West. Here they give their accounts of the evening:
Beyond 2012: The Olympic Legacy in the North West - Delivered by Sir Philip Craven and Lord Sebastian Coe
Sir Philip was concerned about cuts in sports in schools by the government; he believes that sport teaches children important life skills different to academic subjects and should have equal status to academic subjects. He loved playing football before he lost the use of his legs in a climbing accident when he was 16. He went to University and started playing wheelchair basketball and found out he was good at it and ended up playing for Great Britain and representing GB in 5 Paralympic games between 1972 and 1988. He would not accept his disability as limitation on what he could achieve.
Lord Sebastian Coe said Paralympic games are not an add-on to the Olympic Games but a celebration of sporting achievements by athletes that have varying disabilities. In the 2008 Paralympics Sophie Hancock came 5th in the shot and discus but went on to win a gold in shot put and silver in the discus at the UK Dwarf National games and is looking forward to the 2012 games in London. Daniel Sliwinski is a former pupil at Bolton School and has junior records in breaststroke and described the influence of sport in schools and inspirational teachers.
Jamie Price 6A
On Tuesday night I went to the Great Hall to see Seb Coe. He has broken nine world records. He has also won two Olympic gold medals in the 1500m. Other people that spoke were Sir Philip Craven MBE who was a Paralympian in wheelchair basketball and swimming. Philip is an Old Boy of Bolton School.
Ben Price 3A