Olympian wows pupils

C130563-1 Bog Jump  phot kate                                                    Professional Olympic diver, Peter Waterfield demonstrating to pupils at Felpham Community College.Photograph by Kate Shemilt.C130563-1
C130563-1 Bog Jump phot kate Professional Olympic diver, Peter Waterfield demonstrating to pupils at Felpham Community College.Photograph by Kate Shemilt.C130563-1

OLYMPIC diver Peter Wakefield may not have been able to make a splash when he visited a Felpham school, but he certainly left his mark.

The silver Olympic medallist, who is also Tom Daley’s diving partner, was guest of honour at Felpham Community College.

Despite keeping his feet on dry land, Peter certainly didn’t keep his feet on the ground as he passed on some of his diving expertise through trampolining.

Peter said: “I am here as part of the Sky Sports Living for Sport programme and it has been fantastic.

“The kids have really sound masses of enthusiasm for the whole thing and I have thoroughly enjoyed it. They are a great bunch of students.”

As part of the initiative Peter has been teaching pupils about the six keys to becoming a successful athlete - but also how they can be applied to their everyday lives.

He wowed them with some of the somersaults and twists he uses in his diving.

The Felpham Way school’s curriculum leader for business and vocational studies Paul Darbyshire said: “Peter has visited the school on two occasions and has been brilliantly received by the students. This is the first time Felpham has taken part in the initiative and everyone has enjoyed it.

“The students get the chance not only to enjoy taking part in the trampolining, but also to learn qualities they will need to take them forward in their lives, jobs and careers.

“It has given them a real opportunity to develop their skills.”

The 21 students involved are all in Year 10 and studying for their BTEC in sport.

Ewan Commins, 14 and 15-year-old Luke Wayne are just two of those who took advantage of the opportunity.

Luke said: “We have learnt a lot from Pete about what you need to become a good athlete and also how you can use those skills.

“He told us about his life story and how he got into sport and the reasons why he did, and about how his dad used to help him.”

“It has been good to meet Pete after the Olympics. His life story was really interesting to hear. A lot of it was about breaking down different barriers too,” added Ewan.