We had a very special visit from Kate French, Olympic Gold medallist for Modern Pentathlon at the Tokyo Olympics on Tuesday 7 December. Kate is the first British competitor to win since Steph Cook took gold in the 2000 Sydney games.
The day started with Kate meeting the Headmaster followed by a tour of school and talk through what the school Pentathlon programme has on offer for budding Pentathletes by Head of Pentathlon Mick Flaherty. During the day, Kate met a number of Leweston Senior students who all take part in the family of sports that make up Modern Pentathlon such as Biathle, Biathlon Triathlon, Laser Run and Pentathlon. The students were provided with the opportunity to ask questions about Kate’s life as a Modern Pentathlon athlete and how she got to be in the Olympics. The students thoroughly enjoyed asking questions about her training and even got to see her fantastic gold medal.
In the afternoon, Kate took a trip to the Prep School where she was met by Head Teacher Alanda Philips to speak to the pupils and the pentathletes to help inspire them. The children watched a short video about Kate’s winning success at taking Gold at the Tokyo Olympics, followed by a short talk about Pentathlon and the Olympics. Followed by a question-and-answer session with some very interesting questions from the pupils such as my dog goes running, to do you feel nervous before a race and how do you control your nerves.
Miss Philips then asked Kate to sign five certificates that will be awarded to five lucky students in the awards assembly the following day using names from a hat.
Kate then had lunch with some of the senior school Pentathletes that are training for the full Pentathlon. Kate was a great inspiration to all the kids taking time to answer all questions and talk to the athletes about their training and signing many autographs. Thank you, Kate, for taking the time to visit Leweston and good luck in your future events, you are a great role model for the up and coming athletes.