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Olympic medalist encourages children to “Be the best you can be!”

OLYMPIC medalist, Nat-asha Danvers, will visit a Frome school to launch a new programme designed to help young people to recognise and fulfil their potential in the wake of the hugely successful London 2012 Olympic Games.

The ‘Be the Best you can Be!’ programme includes a programme launch, where an Olympian, Paralympian or other high achiever shares their story of how success is a journey that requires the ability to overcome inevitable setbacks along the way.

To promote the new programme Olympic medallist Natasha Danvers will visit Christ Church of England First School and the Key Centre on Monday 10th of September.

Natasha won the bronze medal in the 400 metres hurdles at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

The Be the Best you can Be! programme is the brainchild of former Olympic gold medallist, Dr David Emery CBE who is the founder of 21st Century Legacy.

Sarah Bullmore, headteacher at Christ Church First School and manager of the Key Centre said, “I was determined that our school would be one of the schools to undertake the Be the Best you can Be! programme as it begins to roll out nationally. The inspiration offered by Olympians, Paralympians and high achievers who strive to achieve their dreams is incredibly powerful and can really reach out and engage our young people.’’

Somerset County Council cabinet member, Frances Nicholson said, “I am delighted that Christ Church First School and the Key Centre are undertaking the Be the Best you can Be! programme.  The inspiration that the programme offers will be of lasting benefit to all the children throughout their time at school and beyond.”

The programme includes themes designed to help young people discover the skills they need to follow their dreams and to begin their own successful journey.

It concludes with a celebration when all the young people and teachers share what they have learnt and support each other in pursuing their dreams and goals. The programme participants are presented with a recognition medallion produced and sponsored by the Royal Mint, intended to encourage them to continue to work towards their goals or set new ones.