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Paralympian Gold Medallist Michael McKillop addressing Y8 students as part of the Sky Sports Living For Sport initiative - View Full Size Image
Paralympian Gold Medallist Michael McKillop addressing Y8 students as part of the Sky Sports Living For Sport initiative
Y8 students who took the opportunity to get the autograph of Paralympian Gold Medallist Michael McKillop - View Full Size Image
Y8 students who took the opportunity to get the autograph of Paralympian Gold Medallist Michael McKillop
01/02/2017 PARALYMPIAN STAR INSPIRES LORETO COLLEGE STUDENTS

Paralympic quadruple Gold winner Michael McKillop visited Loreto College on 26th January 2017 as part of the Youth Sport Trust Sky Sports Living for Sport Programme.

Sky Sports Living for Sport uses sport stars and sport skills to improve young people's lives. This initiative is designed to inspire and support every participant in areas relevant to them whether it's improving confidence, attainment at school or leading a healthier lifestyle.

On his very welcome return to Loreto College, Michael McKillop spoke to all Year 8 students and some AS Level Physical Education students about his own personal challenges and achievements.  Reinforcing the message that ‘if you believe, you can achieve’, this inspiring world champion and Paralympic quadruple Gold winner (2008, 2012 and 2016) spoke openly and frankly about his own personal challenges and how he had harnessed his extreme determination to turn challenges into opportunities, surmounting a succession of obstacles to achieve his goals.

Michael McKillop also talked inspiringly about the support of his family, friends, coaches and supporting team, paying tribute to those who had helped him throughout his career, as well as describing some of the rewards, whether personal or more tangible, for his determination and success.

Mr Michael James, Principal of Loreto College thanked Michael McKillop for this inspirational speech.  Michael McKillop will return to Loreto College in the months ahead as part of the programme to motivate and encourage students through the application of the skills and discipline involved in sport to life as a whole.