Greenbank High School pupils were terated to a visit from Sky Sports Athlete Mentor - Rik Wadden.
Rik suffers from cerebral palsy and took up cycling in 1991 at the age of 14 after being inspired by watching the Tour de France as a youngster. He knew little about disability sport at the time and would compete in able-bodied races where he achieved some minor successes.
At the 2008 Beijing Games, Rik made his Paralympic debut, taking the silver medal in the 1km Time Trial CP3 behind his team-mate Darren Kenny. On his second Games appearance, Rik won silver in the C1-5 mixed Team Sprint alongside Paralympics GB team mates Darren Kenny and Jon-Allan Butterworth. The trio broke the existing world record twice on the day of competition, but finished in 2nd place just 0.065 seconds behind China.
On his role as an Athlete Mentor for Sky Sports Living for Sport, Rik comments: “I hope to use my experiences as a professional athlete, and the journey I went on to achieve my goals, to encourage the young people I meet in schools to take up a new sport and see where it leads them. Sport really can change lives.”
Rik delivered a Motivational Assembly sharing his Olympic Journey to Year 7 and 8 pupils. He then delivered a motivational workshop to a group of Gifted and Talented Year 7 and 8 pupils. In the afternoon he worked with a Year 10 GCSE PE group focusing on the factors leading his to success.