Olympic athletes inspire Bow girls school pupils

Pupils from a school in Bow were among the first in England to take part in an Olympic character building programme.

The pupils from the Central Foundation Girls School in Harley Grove took part in Inspire-Aspire, a character-building programme seeking to make the values of Olympic athletes inspire young people.

Pupils create personal action plans based around the key Olympic and Paralympic values of excellence, inspiration, determination, courage, friendship, equality and respect.

Popular choices among the pupils looking at Olympic athlete were diver Tom Daly, runner Kelly Holmes and Paralympian swimmer Eleanor Simmonds.

Maisha Rahman, who chose Tom Daley as her role model, said: “He is my inspiration as he achieved gold medals as well as nine A* grades at GCSE. This proves that you can’t use the excuse of your dream getting in the way of your studying.”

A total of 115 schools have now been recruited to the programme – mostly in Scotland and Wales.