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Olympians John Herbert and Joslyn Hoyte-Smith


The Harefield Academy was treated to a visit from not one but two Olympians. Joslyn Hoyte-Smith who won a Bronze medal at the 1980 summer Olympics in Moscow in the 4x400m, competed in the 1984 summer Olympics in Los Angeles and the Commonwealth Games in 1982 winning a Bronze medal. John Herbert, the first British black man to compete in both summer and winter Olympics! He competed in Triple Jump in the 1984 summer Olympics in Los Angeles as well as the 1988 summer Olympics in Seoul. He then switched to bobsleigh and competed in the 1994 winter Olympics, Helsinki, Tokyo.

Students from the Sporting Excellence Programme (SEP) were treated to workshops on how to be elite and marginal gains, practical sessions on movement patterns led by John and an inspiring and motivating assembly. It was a fantastic day that allowed students to get a real insight into the lives of real Olympic athletes. The students and staff asked some fantastic questions and were keen to learn more from our visitors' wealth of knowledge and experience.

The students that took part in the practical session loved being challenged to do things with their bodies and minds that stretched them and encouraged them to think and react. John coaches athletics and was able to lead a session where our students learnt new movements and methods of preparing their bodies for exercise.

We thank both Joslyn and John for giving up their time and inspiring our Sporting Excellence students.

Lloyd Littlewood - Director of Sport