17 July 2013Watford Grammar School for Girls students receive Inspire-Aspire awards from olympic medal-winner Beth Tweddle
Anya Haydin-Guppy and Mikhela Treon were awarded medals for their personal development posters at Stour Space in Stratford.
The students received their awards from Olympic bronze medal-winner Beth Tweddle and Dame Tessa Jowell, former shadow minister for London 2012.
Ms Haydin-Guppy, who chose Paralympian Hannah Cockroft as her inspirational figure, won a gold 4th level award for her poster, while Ms Treon won a bronze award. Ms Haydin-Guppy said of Ms Cockroft: "Her bubbly and chatty personality completely obliterates the theory that she would never speak."
She said she was grateful for the experience, adding: "I have learnt that all I need to do is be open-minded and listen."
The Inspire-Aspire awards programme has worked with 25,000 young people this year and uses the Olympic and Paralympic Games to inspire young people to set personal goals and develop their aspirations.
Ms Tweddle said it takes commitment and courage to reach the top, and that it was sheer determination that helped her win her medal.
She added that Olympic and Paralympic values are important in everyday life as well as in sport.