Last Saturday I cheered on Calday Grammar school runners led by teacher and cross country coach Mr David Wilkes. It was a special occasion, not only celebrating the success of the school’s Lejog charity which has raised a staggering £200,000 for Leukaemia research but also to thank and celebrate the outstanding work of Mr Wilkes
Inspirational role models are key to success in life. Such individuals are able to ignite a love of a subject and an ambition to succeed. Mr Wilkes through his kindness, support and discipline is one such individual who has shaped the future of many a Wirral pupil
In the week when the Olympics commence and Bradley Wiggins made history by being the first Brit to win the Tour De France in its 109 year history it made me think about sporting role models and their importance in a child’s life.
How many people will end up buying a bike trying to emulate Bradley is unclear, but Wirral’s own Chris Boardman who won the 1992 Barcelona Olympics lit the flame for future cycling success. His talent and hard work, combining knowledge and cutting edge research, was invaluable in making the Beijing Olympics cycling team the most successful British sporting team ever.
Here’s to an historic Olympic games. May the British medal score be the best yet, and may the games prove to be a showcase for the very best of British talent – sporting, business and culture
And in the 1,500 metre race a former pupil of Calday Grammar, Andrew Baddley, will be running, inspired no doubt by Mr Wilkes and ‘team Calday’. Along with Chris Boardman, Bradley Wiggins, Mr Wilkes and so many others, here’s to Andrew being another sporting hero and role model