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27th September 2018

Staff and students from Newcastle College, part of the Newcastle and Stafford Colleges Group (NSCG) were delighted to welcome Olympic gold medallist, Sally Gunnell to their Knutton Lane campus yesterday afternoon, helping to celebrate National Fitness Day 2018.

National Fitness Day aims to highlight the role physical activity plays across the UK, helping raise awareness of its importance, helping people to lead healthier and active lifestyles. As part of this movement, Sally along with the support of Matrix Fitness, encouraged students to participate in the S-Force Challenge, comprising of 30 seconds on level 5 on the Matrix's new 'S-Force Performance Trainer' to see who could go the furthest distance. BTEC Sport Student Johnny Babb and A Level students Bradley Eaton and Kyra Walchester were the winners of the challenge, with both lads achieving distances of 37m and Kyra a distance of 30m.

The packed schedule concluded with a lively Q&A session in the College auditorium, involving around students from A level and vocational subject areas, with Sally drawing on her sporting highs and lows and offering game-changing advice. Questions posed to Sally included; ‘‘How do you mentally prepare for the Olympics?’, ‘Did you ever deal with any setbacks, if so how did you overcome them?’ and ‘What has been the biggest highlight of your career?’.

Karen Dobson, Principal & Chief Executive of NSCG said: “We were delighted to welcome Sally to Newcastle College. We really appreciated her taking time out of her busy schedule to visit the College. It was fantastic for so many of our students to have the opportunity to meet a top class sportswoman who competed at the highest level. Sally is a fantastic role model and someone who will no doubt provide inspiration to many of our elite sporting students who aspire to follow in her footsteps.”

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