British Paralympian Inspires Students with Visit to School

21 June 2019

Penryn College students were recently treated to an inspiring visit from Athens 2004 and Rio 2016 Paralympic Games competitor David Hill, who joined the school’s Healthy Lifestyle Club to give his invaluable advice on maintaining a healthy body and mind. 

David – who represented Great Britain as a swimmer and triathlete – informed pupils of how he overcame the mental and physical challenges in being born without a left forearm to go on to compete at the highest level as a para-athlete.  

Indeed, two of the main topics that students were tasked with discussing during David’s visit included the barriers they currently face in becoming healthy individuals, and what they felt they could do to improve their health.

“The pupils came up with some intuitive ideas on how to establish and maintain a positive, healthy life,” said David, when reflecting on how receptive the students were.

“Each mini workshop was 20 minutes long, and full of lots of bite-sized information for the pupils to absorb. This worked really well in enabling them to remember the key messages, ensuring they knew what to do to make steps forward regarding their physical and mental health,” he added.

Aside from competing in two Paralympic Games, David also represented Great Britain in world and national competitions – registering a number of podium finishes and becoming a British champion along the way.

And his inspiring story – along with his knowledge of leading a healthy lifestyle – is something he hopes impacts Penryn College’s students. 

“I loved my recent visit to Penryn College, and I hope the pupils can take and act upon at least one piece of advice that I shared with them,” said David.

“I think there is learning here for everyone, so they can listen and empower others in the positive decisions that they want to make,” he concluded.

For more information on David Hill, please click here.