Olympic silver medallist Victoria Thornley visited Upton Court Grammar School on Wednesday 7 March, and met with GCSE sports and sports’ council students. Ms Thornley, a former equestrian rider and model, was the first graduate of the Sporting Giants talent identification scheme to win a medal when she struck gold at the 2009 World U23 Championships.
She then represented team GB in the 2016 Rio Olympics in rowing, winning a silver medal.
During the talk, she inspired students discussing how earlier set-backs made her more resolute to succeed, and motivated students interested in sports to pursue their passion to achieve similar successes in the future.
Head of Upton Court Grammar School, Mark Pritchard, said “I am delighted to be able to give our students access and exposure to successful and influential people, such as Victoria Thornley. Our students were very grateful for her visit and left inspired to pursue their own aspirations."