The Redstart Primary School welcomes top athlete
The Redstart Primary School –Welcomed record breaking Rich Parker
The Redstart Primary School (part of The Redstart Learning Partnership) in collaboration with ‘Sports for Schools’ received a visit last week from Rich Parker, number one ranked halfpipe inline skater in the United Kingdom. Physical activity was put on a par with academic excellence and mental health for the day to excite, inspire and motivate the children to lead fit and healthy lives.
Rich has been rollerblading since he was just 10 years old and qualified as a professional skater by the age of 17. Since 2004 he has travelled around the world competing at the highest level. Rich won a silver medal at the 2011 X-Games and is the European Champion. He is still the number one ranked UK half-pipe inline skater and he was the second person in the world to ever land a double blank flip 180 on a half-pipe!
During Rich’s visit he ran a fun fitness circuit with the children and then delivered an inspirational assembly. Rich is a fantastic role model who showed the children that the power of hard work, grit and determination and perseverance can help you achieve your dreams.
Rich inspired the Redstart children and the school raised lots of money and he even jumped some teachers in the hall!
Rebecca Collins Head of School said: “It was so lovely for the children to meet Rich and watch him show off his talents. He spoke with such passion and knowledge and the children were transfixed.”
A spokesperson for The Redstart Learning Partnership said:
“Physical and mental wellbeing is so important for our children. We were delighted to see a top athlete attend one of our schools to excite and inspire the children and to get them involved in fun circuits. The pictures make the day look like lots of fun with the added advantage of raising funds for a good cause. We are just grateful that the teachers remained in one piece!”
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