Chepstow House School

Olympians

Chepstow House celebrated the London Olympics 2012.

We also celebrated the winter Olympics in Sochi 2014

 

Nikolai Hentsch - Alpine Skiing Olympian

Nikolai Hentsch, a former Winter Olympic alpine skier who competed for Brazil, visited the school.   We had the inside story of what life at the Olympics is like and the training involved to ski at this level.  Would you like to ski in the Olympics?  How could you achieve that? 

 

 

Roger Black and the Silver Medal

Roger Black - Silver medallist Olympian 1996

We were honoured to have Roger Black, silver medallist in the 400m at Atlanta 1996, give an assembly.  Mr Black brought along his shiny silver medal with its green ribbon, his Olympic running vest and the Olympic baton from the relay.  Watching the 400m relay from the 1991 Tokyo World Championships, in which Great Britain won gold, was terribly exciting.  Luckily all 4 members of the team ran very fast.  Mr Black found the Olympic value of determination to be a key to his success. He left us with these wise words, “if someone tells you you’re not good enough, prove them wrong.”  

 

Abdul Buhari

Abdul Buhari -  Discus Olympian 2012

Chepstow House was treated to a special Olympic assembly by Abdul Buhari. Abdul was very interesting, explaining the rules of competition for discus throwing and allowing the children to critique his performances after watching his throws on video. There were also videos of his training regime – balancing on 4 medicine balls and lifting over 200kg of weights! The children asked interesting questions and learnt a lot, from what kind of breakfast a champion needs to eat to the size of clothes he wears. The Olympic values of determination and excellence were clearly evident. The lucky children also received coaching tips for their ‘Wellington boot throwing’competition.  

Perri Shakes-Drayton - Hurdles Olympian 2012

 

Perri Shakes-Drayton taking the children through their drills

In the London 2012 Olympics, Perri made it into the semi-finals of the 400m hurdles and was a member of the 4 x 400m hurdles team. Perri gave a whole school assembly, showing the children the height of the hurdles and talking about what it was like in the Olympic Village. The children were shocked to hear that after their events the athletes ate free McDonalds! After the assembly the classes had a short drill lesson with Perri. They learnt her warm ups and running drills, followed by competing in their very own relay. All the children worked very hard and Perri  was impressed by their skills.

Maybe a future Olympian will one day rise from Chepstow House School.