Tuesday, 28 September 2021

Inspiring: Grace Clough visit

A rower who is hoping to be selected for the GB Paralympic squad gave a talk to

A rower who is hoping to be selected for the GB Paralympic squad gave a talk to 35 pupils at Badgemore Primary School in Henley. Grace Clough, 24, who lives in Fair Mile, discussed the challenges she faces as a latecomer to the sport, having only taken it up in 2013. She said it was important to persist in all walks of life — she struggled with dyslexia when she was growing up in Sheffield but managed to go to university and achieve a first-class degree. She has as a neurological condition called Erb’s Palsy, which limits the movement in her shoulder. She used to play basketball but was inspired to row after attending a Paralympic talent day. Since then she has won two world championships. After her talk the pupils asked her questions and she signed autographs for them. Headteacher Jackie Steele said: “Her success story tied in well with our emphasis on teaching resilience and a ‘growth’ mindset. She persevered at something she wasn’t initially good at and overcame those difficulties to become a success. The children found it inspiring and enjoyed it very much.”





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