Pupils from Morecambe High School are to spend a day with Paralympic silver medallist cyclist Rik Waddon on Friday.
The visit is part of the school’s Sky Sports Living for Sport project, a secondary schools initiative delivered in partnership with the Youth Sport Trust, which uses sport stars and sport skills to boost confidence, change behaviours, increase attainment and improve life skills.
The pupils, who have been selected by their teachers to take part in the project, will have the opportunity to share the activities they have been involved with, their achievements and the skills they have learned with Rik.
Rik has been handpicked by the Youth Sport Trust to become a mentor because of his unique personal journey, overcoming a range of challenges to achieve sporting success.
Rik will share his experiences with the group and use his story of triumph over adversity to support teachers at Morecambe High School to motivate the pupils to be the best they can be.
Sky Sports Living for Sport is designed to empower students and throughout the session Rik will use the British Athletes Commission’s ‘Six Keys to Success’, which include mental toughness, hunger to achieve, people skills, sports and life knowledge, breaking barriers and planning for success, to help them achieve their own life goals.
Rik said: “I’m honoured to be part of Sky Sports Living for Sport and to have the chance to get involved with the local community.
“Meeting pupils in schools such as Morecambe High School is truly inspiring.
“I hope that by sharing the positive experiences that sport has played in my life, I can motivate young people to improve their own lives too.”
Mark Squires, PE Teacher at Morecambe High School, said: “Our students are excited about sharing their project ideas with Rik.
“His visit will give our young people a real life example of how commitment and dedication in sport can change someone’s life.
“We are proud to welcome such an inspiring sport star to our school.”
Secondary schools can learn more about Sky Sports Living for Sport and sign up today at www.skysports.com/livingforsport