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Inspiring Young People

Visit by World Champion Inline Skater

Exceptional Aptitude Cohort

Last week Jenna Downing "World Champion Inline Skater" visited Upton to work with the girls in years 9 & 10 who are part of the Exceptional Aptitude cohort.  The inline skating champion is the 2008 LG Action Sports World Champion, 10 x British Champion and is a X-Games silver medallist (2002). All by the age of 21! A natural competitor, Jenna has competed in rollerblading events since the tender age of 8 and has amassed a lifetime of awards competing across the globe in televised and major international events. After turning pro at the age 12 (making Jenna the youngest female skater in the world to ever turn pro) there was no stopping her and Jenna has gone on to become an institution in British rollerblading.

Jenna visited the school in her role as an athlete mentor for the Sky Sports Living for Sport initiative.  She spoke to the girls about the skills and qualities that she required as she worked hard to succeed at the highest level in her chosen sport.  Jenna highlighted the importance of resilience and tenacity in overcoming challenges and failures, and the six keys to success which are: -

  1. Mental toughness
  2. Hunger to achieve
  3. People skills
  4. Sports and life knowledge
  5. Breaking barriers
  6. Planning for success

Jenna will be back in school on 19 January 2017 to work with some of the other pupils, and to run some inline skating sessions.  We look forward to welcoming her back to Upton!