Olympic boxer visits SMA
Champion boxer Hannah Beharry, a member of Britain’s Olympics 2012 team, put students at St Matthew Academy through their paces on Friday, as part of a Sky Sports sponsored scheme to get young people active in sports.
Hannah used her own remarkable story to inspire and motivate the group of year 10 girls.
In 2004, at the age of 17-years-old, Hannah found herself in a downward spiral, living a life of crime, with no education and facing an unimaginable future. In 2005, a frustrated and volatile teenager, she stepped into one of London's most prominent boxing clubs All Stars with the intention to one day represent Great Britain.
She has now been chosen to represent Great Britain on the women’s boxing team, as the sport gains recognition at the Olympics for the first time, and will giving the students tips and exercises to help them improve their fitness.
Hannah McKee, the head of PE at St Matthew Academy said, “The students loved meeting a real-life Olympic athlete. Hannah Beharry knows what it is like to work hard to achieve her dreams, and is able to communicate with our students to show them what they can achieve.”