Paralympic gold medallist visits Hatfield school

PUBLISHED: 13:54 19 January 2009 | UPDATED: 22:05 26 October 2009

Danny Crates, pictured right

Danny Crates, pictured right

A PARALYMPIC gold medallist popped into a school to provide inspiration to students. Danny Crates, also a motivational speaker, gave a talk to year nine pupils at Onslow St Audrey's School in Old Rectory Drive, Hatfield, as part of its annual Pathways to

A PARALYMPIC gold medallist popped into a school to provide inspiration to students.

Danny Crates, also a motivational speaker, gave a talk to year nine pupils at Onslow St Audrey's School in Old Rectory Drive, Hatfield, as part of its annual Pathways to Success evening.

Wednesday's event, which is held to give students information about further education and careers, was attended by more than 250 people, including representatives from employers such as Waitrose, the RAF and the British Army.

Mr Crates, who won an 800m gold medal at the 2004 Athens Paralympics, said his presentation focused on "overcoming life's hurdles" and "setting goals".

The 36-year-old, who lost his right arm following an accident in Australia in 1994, said: "They seemed like a nice group of students and it was a good atmosphere.

"It is a fantastic school and I was pleased to be part of the evening."

Headteacher Paul Meredith described the turnout as "excellent," and told the WHT more about the purpose of the event.

"Pathways to Success is our options evening, where our Year 9 students choose their options for Year 10 and 11," he said.

"It is much more than choosing the next course, it is about raising the aspirations of young people."

He added: "We think of it as the first step on the road to their future.

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