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  • 19 February 2014 00:00
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GB bobsleigh star inspires students at Truro College in Cornwall

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Students at Truro College in Cornwall have been inspired by one of Britain's winter sports stars after GB bobsleigher Serita Shone visited the facility in her capacity as one of Sport England's Sporting Champions.

Almost 600 students crammed in to three separate presentations to hear how sport has helped Shone overcome barriers in her life and how her experiences could inspire students to achieve both academically and professionally. 

Truro and Penwith College won a visit from Shone after submitting a story to Sport England about one of their outstanding projects delivered through the Health, Wellbeing and Sport programme, which has encouraged more of their students to take up sport. 

In speaking to the students, Shone used memories of her own sports participation and London 2012 to inspire young people.

"I was amazed at the number of students who came to listen to me talk" said Shone.

"There was a real mixture of areas of study too, not just sports students. 

"That demonstrates how inclusive the college must be in terms of sports engagement".

Shone talked to the students about the challenges she faced when she was almost killed during a freak accident on the bobsleigh run, and how her determination, self-belief and commitment to achieve her goal inspired her to return to the sport. 

She related the experiences to those of young people in education and how important it was to work hard to achieve their goals.

"Serita really inspired the students and staff,” said College Sports Maker for Truro and Penwith College Julian Wills.

"I have had some fantastic feedback from those who attended. 

"The College would like to thanks Sertita for her time and wish her the best of luck for the future."

Serita missed out on a place in the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics by the slimmest of margins and is now focusing all her effort and training on securing a place in the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics.

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