Olympian visits School

Wednesday, 09 May 2012

Sir Matthew Pinsent with students from Forest Gate School

Four time Olympic gold medalist, Sir Matthew Pinsent CBE who has represented Great Britain at World, Commonwealth and European rowing events, took time out from his hectic schedule to spend time with Forest Gate Community School students.

Sir Matthew started his visit with a tour of the school’s sporting facilities, its new gym, rowing machines and, its impressive climbing wall. He then addressed over two hundred and fifty students from Years 7 to 10.

He spoke of determination, focus and the “best feeling in the world’ and then he took questions from his young audience.

Students asked the Olympian what it felt like to win an Olympic gold medal, Sir Matthew said; “If I could describe it in words, it wouldn’t have been worth doing, it’s like describing the best firework display to someone who has never seen a firework. It’s amazing, life changing.”

His last piece of advice to the students was particularly relevant, he said “ You need to find something that you can be good at. When you find something that you are better at, than anyone else, it’s the best feeling in the world.”

Sir Matthew’s visit was arranged through Newham Education Business Partnership  (NEBP) to inspire students to aim high and find their talent.

“It was a wonderful experience for our students to have access to an Olympic athlete, and listen to his inspirational and motivating words.”