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News » Inspired Pupil Wins Gold Medal at London 2012 Education Awards
Some of the country’s brightest young people visited The National Pool in Swansea on Wednesday and were awarded medals by Paralympic Legend, David Roberts, for their work on the Inspire-Aspire programme.
The Inspire-Aspire Awards programme reached 35,000 young people this year by using the Olympic and Paralympic Games and the character qualities of Olympians to inspire young people to set personal goals and to develop future aspirations.
Winning a Gold medal at the event was Jonathan Shane Quill from Studio 34 at Bridgend College, who chose Nathan Stephens as an inspirational figure as part of his work on the programme.
Explaining the reasons for his choice, Jonathan said “He never lets his disability get in the way. He still impresses me to this day and has taught me right from wrong..”
Before presenting the awards, eleven-time Paralympic Gold medallist Roberts told an enthralled audience that it takes commitment and courage to reach the top. He spoke about how important it was to have respect for the people you meet on your journey and to never give up in the face of failure. Roberts, who was recently omitted from team GB for London 2012, submitted an appeal to British Swimming and won the right to oppose the decision.
Inspire-Aspire aims to help young people gain a better understanding of their own character qualities and values and inspire them to create a personal development plan. Jonathan explained how much of an impact participating in Inspire-Aspire has had on him: “I have learnt quite a lot about myself and I feel like I can make a few more steps towards my goals in life.”