Former GB wheelchair rugby player Aaron Phipps visited Hawley Primary School
Children were inspired and encouraged to grasp every opportunity when a Paralympian visited their school this week.
The autumn term at Hawley Primary School began with former GB wheelchair rugby player Aaron Phipps in attendance.
Mr Phipps, 30, who contracted meningitis C and meningococcal septicaemia in 1999, touched on how he dealt with the illness and got to where he is today.
Veronica Galpin, headteacher, said: “During the first two weeks of term we have held assemblies on inspiration and aspiration for the children as we start the new year.
“We have been listening to individual stories and Aaron’s take on it was grabbing opportunities.”
Mr Phipps, from Southampton, competed at the London 2012 Paralympics. He started to participate in wheelchair races in 2007 and raised money for a meningitis charity by completing the Totton 10km race.
Jane Lody, event organiser at the Blackwater school, said: “It was a really good talk.
“A colleague of mine and myself saw him at an admin conference event earlier this year and we thought he was so inspirational [that] we invited him to talk to the children at Hawley.
“The children were inspired to make their own opportunities in life and to go for it.
“They then asked him questions about the sport and his training.”
Mr Phipps talked about the Meningitis Trust during his visit.
The trust, which funds preventative research, awareness and support of the illness, was chosen as the school’s adopted charity of the year.
Fundraising events held at the school will be donated to the trust.