Pilot Scheme at Ormiston Sandwell Community Academy is off to an Olympic Start

Students and staff at Ormiston Sandwell Community Academy (OSCA) in Oldbury were delighted to welcome Daniel Caines, former Olympian and World Champion in 400m running, who helped kick off a new award scheme the academy has been asked to pilot.

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The Youth Sport Award, run by the Youth Sport Trust, is an award which promotes the importance of being physically active and how it is beneficial to physical and mental wellbeing. It provides students with chances to develop personal skills through voluntary leadership opportunities.

OSCA’s Year 8 students spent a morning working with Daniel as part of the award. The students were involved in a range of practical workshops to look at key character skills for success and participated in a number of team building activities.

This remarkable athlete inspired the students as they learned about Daniel’s determination to conquer being confined to a wheelchair through sporting injuries to then go on to become one of Great Britain’s top 400m runners; as well as being the youngest World Indoor 400m champion in 2001.

The moral of Daniel’s story was clear: never give up; even when times are tough and you feel like you can't succeed, just that extra bit of resilience and perseverance pays off.

Daniel Craines, former Olympian and World Champion, said:

"The students were fantastic and took part in everything. They were forward thinking and it was a pleasure to work with them." 

Marie McMahon, Principal at OSCA, said:

"I was thrilled that the students were able to have this opportunity to meet such an inspirational individual.

"Not only did the experience inspire the students to continue to strive for success, but it also showed them just how powerful hard work and determination can be, in and out of the classroom."