GB athletics star inspires students - and they inspire her

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GB athletics star Lesley Owusu visited Midhurst Rother College to inspire youngsters to get into sport - and ended up being inpsired herself.

It was part of the Sky Sports Living for Sport project, in which 400m specialist Owusu is an athlete mentor.

Owusu, who has run for her country at the Commonwealth Games and world championships, said it was an ‘incredibly inspiring’ visit and said: “The pupils involved were truly inspiring. I received a very enthusiastic welcome from the school and the young people who were very keen to share their experiences and insights from their project with me.

“My role as a Sky Sports athlete mentor for Living for Sport, delivered in partnership with the Youth Sport Trust, is to motivate pupils to be the best that they can be in all areas of their life.

“I do this by running a mixture of different sporting activities for the students and sharing my own experiences as a professional sportsperson.

“The pupils were a credit to Midhurst Rother College and, as is so often the case in this job, I came away feeling incredibly inspired myself.

“I told the pupils my own story of overcoming difficulties to excel in my chosen sport and also shared the British Athletes Commission’s ‘Six Keys to Success’ which include mental toughness, hunger to achieve and planning for success.

“I encouraged them to think about the skills you learn through participating in sport and how these can be applied to improve all areas of their lives.

“Different sports inspire different people but there’s a sport for everyone and it can be life-changing. I hope I have encouraged the pupils at Midhurst to keep focused on reaching their goals.”