Our Sixth Form students were recently given an inspirational talk by Gold medal winning Paralympian, Tim Prendergast.
A middle distance runner, Tim has represented his native New Zealand at three Paralympic Games. At the age of eight Tim began losing his central vision and within several years was legally blind. Despite his rapidly deteriorating sight and troubles coming to terms with his impairment, Tim still had a passion for sport and found a real enjoyment in running. In 2004 at the Athens Paralympic Games, Tim produced an outstanding run to claim gold in the 800 metres T13 class.
Tim has now retired from professional racing and uses his experiences to give talks to young people about overcoming adversity and coping with challenges in life.
Mrs Barton, Sixth Form Support Manager, said: “The staff and students unanimously agreed that his stories had been fascinating and truly inspiring; a fantastic final speaker before the exams season starts”.