Team GB Rower Polly Starts Sacred Heart Children on the Road to Rio

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Team GB Rower Polly Swann and European Gold medallist in the Women’s 8 at the recent European Championships in Germany kicked off Sacred Heart School’s Road to Rio challenge at their May Fair last week.  The children have challenged themselves to run, walk or cycle 5746 miles, the distance from here to Rio.  Polly helped the total on the way by doing 10 laps (1km) of the playground and she donated two of her training tops for the silent auction.  These were won in the auction by Ella Fitzpatrick and Florence French; needless to say they were two very happy girls!

Polly commented, “The children of the school are so delightful and they all seem so excited to be here. It seems like such a lovely school and I can’t believe what a fantastic fair they are able to enjoy”.

The children have until Sports Day on Friday 17 June to complete the distance to Rio.  The two children with the most laps on the Rio Revolution (Mon/Wed/Fri before school 8:15-8:40am) will accompany Mr Davis the Headteacher on a trip to the Henley Royal Regatta.  The children are also going to be tracking their individual contributions to the Rio totals through activities such as walking to school.

Florence French, a pupil at the school said, “I now know I can achieve anything if I set my mind to it.”

As well as running the children could row or cycle on the equipment kindly lent to the school by Athlete Services and children could have a go at archery which was kindly provided by Premier Sports.

As well as the sports activities there were some other great stalls including, cakes, sweet tombola, arts and crafts, face painting and sponge the Headteacher.

Entrance to the fair was by food donation to the Henley Foodbank.  Tesco provided a trolley with a head start on a starter of food items for it and donated the rolls for the barbecue.

The fair raised about £4800 and Chair of the PTA, Charlotte Hepworth said, “We very much look forward to working with Mr Davis the headteacher and the teachers to get this spent on things that will enhance our children’s learning and play whilst at Sacred Heart. It is at events like this that we all realise what a fantastic school our children attend and that we are so fortunate for the community that surrounds us.”