A focus for this group of partners will be the athlete’s diet and the impact this has had on the growing professionalism of para-sport over the years.  Comparing menus from the very early days with a modern day athlete’s approach to nutrition will inform much of the work, as our partners consider the changing world of Paralympic competition and the way this is viewed today. 

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Great Missenden Church of England Combined School

5th - 9th July 2021

Year 5 students from learnt about how athlete diets have changed over the years and had a go at creating their own healthy plate. They then heard from National Paralympic Coach and NPHT volunteer, Anita Templar, about how important sport has been in developing self-confidence, not just in the Paralympians she has worked with but in the lives of the many young people she has coached as they developed their physical skills.  With this knowledge the students then created a dance alongside specialist Paulina Porwollik, who helped the students recognise their superpowers and find confidence in being active and creative. To round off their project, the whole school met Naomi Riches MBE, British Paralympic adaptive rower, who shared her story and her gold medal from London 2012 and answered lots of questions about the importance of eating well when you are training as well as finding out about what it took to become an athlete at the top of her sport. 

Feedback from the school:

We thoroughly enjoyed it as a class, year group, school and staff. Every child was involved in the project in one way or another which was good. It happened to support and compliment our Healthy Body, Healthy Mind fortnight.

To celebrate the completion of a successful project, all three year 6 classes from Great Missenden enjoyed day visits to the Paralympic Heritage Centre where they chose to explore the impact of the Paralympic Movement through a variety of STEM inspired activities.


The Year 6 teacher said of the visit to the Heritage Centre:

Thank you for making the three days so enjoyable. We had a great time and the children got so much out of it, who knew there was so much history on our doorstep! I am more than happy to make this a yearly thing for our year 6 students.