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Being the best in Figheldean
AN Olympic medallist inspired youngsters at St Michael’s Primary School in Figheldean.
Mark Richardson, who won a silver medal in the 4x400m relay in the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, gave a talk and showed off his medal.
Headteacher Jill Adams said: “Mark gave an inspirational talk to the children and then worked with them on their dreams. The children were very excited about him being here.”
Mr Richardson came to the school as part of the national Be the Best you can Be programme, which was set up to allow athletes to give encouragement and inspiration to youngsters and act as role models.
The retired athlete was also a gold medallist in the 1997 World Championships 4x400m relay and was a double silver medallist at the 1998 Kuala Lumpur Commonwealth Games. He said: “My career was an emotional roller-coaster with some exceptional highs which I’ll treasure for the rest of my life, as well as some devastating lows.”
He added: “I’m a passionate advocate of the Be the Best you can Be Programme as I firmly believe that all young people can be the architects of the most inspirational life stories. In order to achieve this they simply need encouragement.”
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