Former GB gymnast inspires Seevic students

Friday, 29 September 2017

IMG_5296Retired Commonwealth Games Gold medal winning gymnast Craig Heap joined Seevic College’s ‘Careers in Sport Day’ last week to talk about his experience as an athlete.

A self-proclaimed “tearaway kid”, Craig inspired over 350 students with his journey of becoming an international star, representing England in various international competitions including the 2000 Summer Olympic Games in Sydney.

Speaking of the resilience and skills needed to work in sport, Craig explained that success is a combination of hard work, confidence and self-belief. He said: “You can’t expect to be brilliant instantly – if it was easy, everybody would get what they want.

“I wasn’t great at gymnastics when I started out but that little bit of extra hard work every day helped me to beat my personal best at the Olympics.”

Concluding his talk, Craig Heap said: “Focus on the skills that you have and learn from your failures. If you do your best continually, you will be successful.”

With many of the college’s students involved in the nationally recognised Seevic Storm Academies, the visit was key in encouraging determination within the teams as well as shaping their future success off the field.

IMG_5338The aim of the day, which took place at the college’s campus in Runnymede Chase, Benfleet, was to inspire and educate students on possible careers and qualifications needed, as well as an overall insight into the various jobs.

Alongside Craig’s talk, students engaged in workshops with experts from a range of industries including Sports Nutrition, PE Teaching, Strength & Conditioning, Sports Coaching, Personal Training, Sports Psychology and Physiotherapy.

Craig Davidson, Head of Learning for Sport at the college, said: “It was brilliant to have so many people from the industry talking to our students and inspiring them to become the next generation of teachers, coaches and physiotherapists.

“We were also very honoured to have Craig here to start the day with a fascinating insight into his journey as an ex-GB gymnast.”

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