Helene Raynsford, Paralympic rower competing at the Beijing 2008 Games

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Our virtual event with Helene took place on Friday 13th November. Helene spoke about her sporting career and her experience as a Paralympic athlete. Helene competed at the Beijing 2008 Games where rowing made its debut appearance. She became the first ever Paralympic champion in the sport. 


10:30 - 11:15 am Paralympic Heritage Activity Session for ages 6-11

Our morning activity session was designed for young people to join in with some fun and engaging activities with Helene, finding out more about her story whilst learning about the history of the Paralympic Games. BSL interpretation was by Marie Biswell.


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7:00 pm Q & A with Helene Raynsford for ages 11 to adult

Our evening session for older children and adults offered a unique opportunity to meet a Paralympian. Helene spoke about how she got involved in sport followed by a question and answer session. BSL interpretation was by Marie Biswell. 


Feedback

Thank you to all who have sent in feedback about the event. 

Feedback from Helene's children's activity session:

The presentation by Helene was excellent. She spoke very well, and really kept the children engaged, giving them opportunities to interact.

The speaker (Helene Raynsford) was animated and engaging and had lots of visuals to complement her talk. Having a couple of activities to help the children understand the difficulty she felt as a disabled athlete.

Feedback from the Q&A session with Helene:

Hearing Helene's story - she was very engaging and I thought pitched it at just the right level for the school groups.

I really enjoyed listening to Helene and her journey to her gold medal in Beijing.

Such an engaging speaker, who fitted so much information into a short time. Her story from start to gold should inspire others. I was so keen to see her Olympic final and glad there was time at the end for it.

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