13 girls from Year 7 took part in a session with former England Rugby player Katy Storie about the six keys to success. The girls were selected as a reward for their commitment to extra curricular netball and football this year. The session began with Katy reminding the students of her sporting journey and talking about the 6 keys to success; mental toughness, hunger to achieve, people skills, sport and life knowledge, breaking barriers and planning for success.
The girls took on 6 different challenges, the first was as reaction test to catch a foam brick before it fell to the floor, Ellie Huntstone was chosen as being the best at this task for the final challenge. The next task was basketball shooting, after a long sudden death competition Sarah Greaves was on top and ready to take on the challenge. After practicing the other challenges it was time for the real deal – fail a challenge and it was back to the start. After flying through the memory cards the girls hit their first hurdle, Sarah didn’t make 2/4 shots so it was back to the start. The girls collectively decided this time they would begin with shooting and get the hardest challenges out of the way. The pressure didn’t get to Sarah and the first task was complete, then back to the memory cards which they did with ease. Ellie was up next and made her task look easy! Kayla Rowlands and Amber Richie took a lead on the 5 brick tower challenge and after a few fails they got the tower standing for 5 seconds. Next onto the hula hoop challenge where Georgia Hedley had to get the hoop over her and everyone in the group in under 40 seconds. In the practice they had done 16 seconds so Katy challenge them to do it in under 15. The time came in at 14.8! The final challenge Kate Appleyby was lead, pass 3 tennis balls around the circle and back to Kate without passing to the person next to you…sounds easy. The girls had their plan worked out but began to rush and there was nearly a dropped ball! But they worked together to complete all 6 challenges with ease.
Well done to the girls for a great session, developing their keys to success they can use not only in sport but wider life as well.
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