Multitasking Abi to inspire guests at Lincolnshire Free Press/Spalding Guardian Education Awards

GUEST SPEAKER: Abi Schofield with Rio 2016 Olympics gold and silver medallists Alistair (right) and Jonny Brownlee at the ITU World Triathlon Championships in Mexico.
GUEST SPEAKER: Abi Schofield with Rio 2016 Olympics gold and silver medallists Alistair (right) and Jonny Brownlee at the ITU World Triathlon Championships in Mexico.
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An international athlete and special needs teacher is to inspire her audience at this year’s Lincolnshire Free Press and Spalding Guardian Education Awards.

Abi Schofield (26), of Peterborough, is following in the footsteps of retired RAF Flight Lieutenant Carl Harding (52) and heart surgery survivor Chantilly Milverton (21) as our inspirational guest speaker at the awards to be held at South Holland Centre, Spalding, on Thursday, November 20.

All three have a competitive edge, with Carl having won a gold medal in archery at the 2014 Invictus Games in London and Chantilly determined to complete 16 endurance events in 2016 to raise money for East Midlands heart surgery charity KeeptheBeat.

But Abi’s experience of competing for Team GB at the World Triathlon Championships in Mexico earlier this month, with only a minimal break from her teaching duties at the City of Peterborough Academy Special School, is sure to appeal to pupils, students, parents, teachers, governors and guests.

Abi said: “I’m still feeling a bit tired from Mexico after going straight back to work when the championships were over, without having taken any downtime.

“Competing in Mexico was so tough and unlike anything I have ever done before.

It’s fantastic to celebrate and recognise the educational expertise in south east Lincolnshire

Abi Schofield, Team GB triathlete and Year 7 teacher at the City of Peterborough Academy Special School

“The heat during the run and the really strong current on the swim were a huge shock and quite scary.

“But it was an amazing experience, I’ve got no injuries and it’s given me a bit more drive to go better next year.”

Another claim to fame for Abi was having been part of a five-strong team that smashed the world record for longest distance ever run on a treadmill to raise money for a number of children’s and young people’s charities.

Abi said: “I am thrilled to be speaking at the Lincolnshire Free Press and Spalding Guardian Education Awards in November.

“Although I’m a little bit nervous, I’m excited to be avle to speak about my experiences as a special needs teacher and coach in Peterborough.

“It’s fantastic to celebrate and recognise the educational expertise in south east Lincolnshire because the job of inspiring people of all ages and abilities is a careful craft that builds the foundation of our society.”

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