Today we welcomed a special visitor into school; starting the day with a whole school assembly led by Nat Pattinson from Cumbria Wheelchair Sports Club. Nat told us all about his life and how a rare bone disorder, followed by a serious accident when he was young, resulted in him having to use a wheelchair for the rest of his life. He talked to us about how it made him feel and how, at first, it made him feel like staying in his bedroom forever and just giving up on his life goals. But with lots of encouragement from his mum and a chance encounter with wheelchair basketball he quickly developed a love for the sport and developed a positive, determined attitude. Although still young he told us how he has already achieved his life goals and that we should never give up trying. Nat now represents Great Britain and travels all over the world playing basketball, and his Under-23 team made history in 2017 by becoming the first GB team to win medals in the World Championships in the twenty year history of the competition - winning Gold and becoming World Champions!
Nat then showed us some tricks in the specially-adapted wheelchair- we couldn't believe it when he balanced on one wheel and then removed the wheel from his chair! After the assembly we all got to try out the chairs and spent the morning playing wheelchair basketball in teams - it was brilliant fun (and hard work at the same time!)
We all loved it so much that we asked Miss Maleney if he could come back again next year - and we're pleased to say that it's all booked in the diary. Early Years wanted to make him a card to say thank you for such a fun morning, which he loved.
When reflecting on the morning, Ryan said 'it's shown me that anything is possible.' Lots of children made links to our BLP muscle 'perseverance' and thought Nat's experience really highlighted what can be achieved if you don't give up.