Today I spent the day with a number of schools in Plymouth and had a lot of fun, talking with young people in Year 1 to Year 6. Using my story of how I got into sport and how I got to make my childhood dream come true by representing my country and the highs and lows I have had getting there. I was privileged to go into two primary schools (Dunstone Primary School and Pomphlett Primary School) and a secondary school (Plymstock). I possibly spoke to and did watersport related activities with nearly 400 yound people today. The day was non stop and I even got to help run a PE lesson for some very attentive year 2s :o) using some of the Launch activities created by British Canoeing.
I had some fab questions from the young people which I thought I would share. The first was me asking the year 1's what they thought a canoe was .... one answered "its like a banana and you sit in it and it floats on water" .... not a bad explanation if you ask me! Although after the little video of me in action was shown, the same young person said my boat was not yellow but red :o) The second was a question I was asked (this was after I had just done my talk to them), it was ... if you had a tortoise and another tortoise was put on top of it and water was poured over them, would it make a wave? ... Another perfectly good question in my opinion as I had been trying to explain to the year 3's what 'white water' was and how waves are formed. They did all like the fact that for my career I crash cars for a living, lol!
A thoroughly great day, great weather and it was amazing to see how many young people have already had the opportunity to try out watersports (rowing or canoeing) at such a young age and love it. Perhaps in years to come I shall be watching one of them competing at Olympic, World or National events.
Tomorrow I am off to another school in Birmingham ... teehee ... I did say I am on a little mini adventure and travelling about again. :o)