Champions in schools

Stephen Payton (Para Olympian medalist) visits Chirnside Primary with the 'Champions in Schools' programme
Stephen Payton (Para Olympian medalist) visits Chirnside Primary with the 'Champions in Schools' programme

Pupils at Chirnside Primary School have been getting inspiration from one of the country’s top Para Olympians Stephen Payton.

Stephen, a Para Olympiian medalist and multi world record holder, was making his second visit to Mrs Easton’s Primary 6 class at the school.

Borders Sport and Leisure Trust and Active Schools are working with the Winning Scotland Foundation to deliver the Champions in Schools Programme to Chirnside Primary this year.

Champions in Schools is a role-model programme from Winning Scotland Foundation that places Scotland’s top athletes in schools across the country, enabling them to inspire and encourage young people to fulfil their potential.

Through a series of workshops, the Champions aim to:

l Inspire pupils to achieve their own personal success through sustained effort.

l Encourage pupils to learn from their mistakes.

l Assist pupils in their 
quest to achieve their own personal best.

National and international research indicates that role models can have a significant impact on the values and behaviours of young people. High performing athletes are often regarded as excellent role models. ‘Champions in Schools’ provides an opportunity for young people to build a rapport with, and emulate the successful characteristics of, some of Scotland’s top athletes.

Through personal example the Champions demonstrate to pupils that striving to reach their ambitions and making positive lifestyle choices can produce spectacular rewards. They also instruct and support the pupils on how they can reap these benefits in their own lives.

The youngsters thoroughly enjoyed the visit and Stephen was kept busy answering the many questions fired at him.