As part of the Stockport Sports Trust initiative, we have been incredibly fortunate to have been assigned our very own Olympic athlete - archer Charlotte Burgess. Charlotte visited Aquinas recently to talk to PE and Sport students about her preparation for the London Olympics and to reflect on her experiences in Beijing.
Charlotte spoke about how she missed out on a bronze medal in Beijing by just one point and how she and her team mates dealt with the devastating lows that followed. Sport and PE students asked questions about areas they study such as training regimes and anxiety management and Charlotte was keen to give examples from her experiences to answer these. Her modesty was humbling and it was obvious how her calm matter-of-fact approach to life enables her to hold steady under what must be immense pressure.
She also brought in her bow which was a far cry from the wooden robin-hood style bow and arrows we are accustomed to seeing on TV. The carbon fibre state of the art equipment sure was impressive, as was the way Aquinas student John Devenny was able to hold it up!
Following her talk, Charlotte was happy to pose for photos with Aquinas Sport students followed by an interview with our very own James Thorburn who did such a good job, he may want to consider a change of career direction!
During the interview Charlotte told us 'Gold' is the only medal she wants and that whilst she is looking forward to competing in a home nation Olympics, she reminds herself 'it's just another archery competition'. She sure was one cool customer, in the nicest sense of the word!
Her message to the students at Aquinas in all their endeavours was to go for it, to never give in, as in her words 'it'll always come good in the end'. Remind you of anyone?