Champion Sean is school’s big hero

Double Paralympian Sean Rose has inspired Spalding primary youngsters to take up new sports. SG050615-105TW
Double Paralympian Sean Rose has inspired Spalding primary youngsters to take up new sports. SG050615-105TW

A freak ski accident in 2000 saw Sean Rose break his back.

In Sean’s words “you can either give up or get on”.

Joy of sport ' children surround Sean Rose. SG050615-106TW

Joy of sport ' children surround Sean Rose. SG050615-106TW

Getting on in Sean’s case involved becoming a world champion water skier, world cup gold downhill ski racer, a double Paralympian and more.

In short Sean is a sporting superstar and children from Spalding Primary School were lucky enough to meet him, be coached by him as he led circuit training and hear his inspirational life story.

The school’s sports coordinator, Nathan Shortland, said all 420 pupils, from reception to year 6, were put through their paces with exercises like spotty dog, leg thrusts, press-ups and star jumps.

Sean also led a special assembly in which he spoke about his accident and how he overcame obstacles to become an elite sportsman.

I have had children coming to me explaining how they are trying new sports in the wake of Sean’s assembly and I have even had children expressing a wish to represent our country.

Sports coordinator Nathan Shortland

Sean’s visit, arranged though Sports for Schools, has been a huge inspiration to the whole school.

Nathan said: “The children absolutely loved it.

“I have had children coming to me explaining how they are trying new sports in the wake of Sean’s assembly and I have even had children expressing a wish to represent our country.”

As well as meeting Sean, the children were able to see the medals he’s won.

Press-ups were one of the fitness exercises. SG050615-108TW

Press-ups were one of the fitness exercises. SG050615-108TW

Arms outstretched and fitness is fun. SG050615-103TW

Arms outstretched and fitness is fun. SG050615-103TW

Walking tall in superstar company. SG050615-102TW

Walking tall in superstar company. SG050615-102TW

Children enjoy circuit training with their VIP coach. SG050615-110TW

Children enjoy circuit training with their VIP coach. SG050615-110TW

All action in the hall at Spalding Primary. SG050615-100TW

All action in the hall at Spalding Primary. SG050615-100TW