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An Unforgettable Lesson in Sports & Fitness with Jessica Ennis
In January we launched the first edition of our Vitality magazine which offered members the chance to win a 'once in a lifetime experience' with Jessica Ennis, our Vitality Ambassador. On the 18th April, pupils from Wilmslow High School in Macclesfield and surrounding primary schools were treated to a special day with the gold medal-winning Heptathlon star.
An activity-filled day was in store for Jessica as she participated in a number of Q&A sessions with pupils throughout the school. She even received a hero’s welcome upon entering (pictured).
Alongside bringing her own Olympic medal for staff and pupils to see, Jessica also gave out awards for the winners of the Primary School Gymnastics, and the day culminated with A Level students presenting her with a thank-you gift for visiting.
An unforgettable day was had by all, while Jessica was equally enthused by the visit: "I had a fantastic time meeting so many pupils. They had some great questions and it was good to get involved in their PE lessons outside on the sports field. I enjoyed going along to the gymnastics and giving out the medals."
Q&A from competition winner Rosie Harris, Partnership Development Manager to PE Consultant/Director of Embrace PE
Was there anything you learned from Jessica’s time at the school?
Jess taught me that calmness is a great quality to have and something I need to improve upon!
What inspires you about Jessica?
Her sheer determination and passion for her sport.
Did you or the school do anything special to tie in with last year’s Olympics?
I was lucky enough to be chosen as a Games Maker, as was my son. I was based at the Aquatics Centre and part of the Event Services Team (EVS).It was the most amazing experience. I really can't put that time into words, it was just so brilliant. I met so many fabulous people, and I just loved being there soaking up the atmosphere.
What does being healthy mean to you?
I love physical activity and sport, and I try to pass on this passion to others through my daily life and my job. I love that feeling of exhaustion after an activity.
Why do you think it’s important for students to get active?
There are so many reasons but the obvious one is that sport can and will make you fit, and therefore, happy. I think that's why Jess is such a happy person and I admire her for everything she represents.
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