Redland Green School

RGS Bristol

Two Olympians Visit RGS in One Day

On Monday 13 June we were fortunate to be visited by two British Olympians, Heather Fell (Modern Pentathlete) and Craig Figes (water polo).

Heather came into assist Nick Harris from Bristol and West Athletics club, who has been running our athletics club on Monday after-school. Heather worked with students from Year 7 to 10 on our track at Kellaway Avenue. It was great to hear about Heather's experience as an elite athlete and how she got into her sport through a swimming scholarship while at school; Heather swam 10 times a week from the age of 13 - 18. Modern Pentathlon combines swimming, running, shooting, fencing and horse riding and although now retired Heather is still involved with the sport doing the media side of things and will be travelling to the Rio games with the current athletes. Heather hopes to do a follow-up session with our students on the track at Whitehall where Bristol and West are based. More details to follow.
 
Craig Figes was the captain of the GB water polo team at the London games in 2012. He went to school in Bristol and is still based in Bristol and coaches water polo. This was Craig's third visit to the school as an ambassador for Sky Sports 'Living for Sport' campaign. Craig developed the students' knowledge of the '6 keys' of sporting success; mental toughness, hunger to achieve, people skills, sports and life knowledge, breaking barriers and planning for success. Craig worked with the new Sports Captains in Year 9 and most recently he ran a workshop for Key Stage 3 students who are in our Hall of Fame. These are students who currently compete at a high level in their sport outside of school. The focus was on aspirations and achieving goals. Craig delivered his story about how he first became involved in water polo, the challenges he faced in his career and how he got to be captain of the GB Water Polo team at the London 2012 Olympics. Craig is not the expected height for a water polo player and his story is a great inspiration to the students about desire and overcoming adversity.