A report by Georgiana Jefferies (Year 9) for Press Pack
Photographs by Bridget Le Vine and Emma Blackburn (Year 10)
After school on Tuesday 4th December a group of Richard Lander students were given the opportunity to work with Olympic bronze medal hockey player Nicola White. The students took part in various drills to develop their hockey skills. They were also joined by sports students from Truro College. As well as staff from the PE department, teachers such as Mr Rabey and Mr Robinson from the maths area came to show their support.
Unfortunately, the outside practical session was cut short due to hail but group photos with Nicola’s bronze medal followed inside!
In an interview, Nicola told us what the Olympics meant to her and what she had to do in order for her to be there. She said, “I can’t decide on a favourite moment of London 2012, there were just too many. However walking out on the pitch with the crowd cheering, chanting and waving hundreds of flags has to be one of them! Getting there was quite a journey that started in my PE lessons when I was 7. I joined clubs and tried out for my county hockey team. My first try out for the England team squad was ruined due to sickness. But I carried on training even after I was told by one coach that I wasn’t good enough and wouldn’t get anywhere in this sport. And sure enough, at aged 19, I made it into the England squad. Eventually on my 21st birthday I got requested for the GB team!
“We train twice a day plus video analysis, and physio dietary training. We have 20 hours of physical training a week in total.
“When I was growing up I had a supportive family who took me to training and events, I was very lucky! It just goes to show, if you bide your time and take every opportunity you get the things you can only dream of now can come true!”
One year 9 student said “I thoroughly enjoyed her talk. It was very interesting to hear about the path she took and how she never gave up.”
The afternoon was very motivating and interesting for both students and staff. We all wish Nicola the very best for Rio 2016 when she will try once again to achieve a gold medal!
Mr I Robinson, from the Maths department attended no less than 25 Olympic events over the summer and was delighted to be able to hold Nicola's medal. One of the events Mr Robinson saw was the England -vs- Japan match where we won 4 - 0 but unfortunately the England captain was seriously injured with a hockey stick.