On 27th January we were delighted to receive a lecture from Larry Achike. Larry is an Olympic Triple Jumper who has competed at the Sydney 2000 and Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. He has also won the Junior World Championships in 1994 and won a Gold Medal at the Commonwealth Games in 1998 and has had the good fortune to work alongside Triple Jump World Record Holder, Jonathan Edwards.
During the lecture, Larry talked to us about how from a young age he knew he wished to pursue athletics and how in life he had goals and dreams. His dreams were to compete in the Olympics yet his goals were harder to attain – academic ‘A’ grades. He knew that in order to pass his Biomedical Science Degree, he had to devote more of his time to academic studies and less to athletics. This was a decision that paid off and he has realised his dreams and attained his goals.
Larry stressed that “nothing is impossible” and despite knowing that he had talent, it was hard work that got him to the level he is now. He urged pupils to apply themselves as much to their academic studies as their sports – then they too can reach their goals and realise their dreams…
Despina Theochari Lower Sixth (Year 12), Collinson House