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PRIDE Olympic & Paralympic Values
PERSONAL
EXCELLENCE
Respect & Friendship
Inspiration
Determination &
courage
Equality
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The Olympic & Paralympic Values and Kent
PRIDE
The Olympic and Paralympic Games are about much more than sporting excellence. Underpinning the Games is
the philosophy of Pierre de Coubertin, the founder of the Modern Olympic Movement.
He saw in the Games an ideal opportunity to develop a set of universal principles – or Values – that could be
applied to education and to society as a whole, as well as to sport itself.
The Olympic Values are:
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respect – fair play; knowing one’s own limits; and taking care of one’s health and the environment
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excellence – how to give the best of oneself, on the field of play or in life; taking part; and progressing
according to one’s own objectives
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friendship – how, through sport, to understand each other despite any differences
The Paralympic Values are based on the history of the Paralympic Games and the tradition of fair play and
honourable sports competition.
The Paralympic Values are:
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courage
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determination
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inspiration
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equality.
http://getset.london2012.com/en/resources/7-11/games-1-1/7-11-know-your-values
Kent has chosen these 7 Olympic & Paralympic Values as the basis for PRIDE – an amalgamation of the 7 values
around 5 learning themes. To find out more visit http://www.kent20in12.org.uk/
How to use the PRIDE packs
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Each of the PRIDE packs will examine the Olympic values of:
Personal excellence
Respect & friendship
Inspiration
Determination & courage
Equality
Each pack will explore the values through the following elements:
Get to Know: this aims to ‘create the informed spectator’ and focuses on getting know the Games and the Olympic
Values
Cultural Challenge: this aims to build the ‘Creative Explorer’ by exploring the Olympics through creation, investigation
and performance
Sporting Challenge: this aims to ‘Create the Active Participant’ by focusing on sporting activities, leadership and
healthy lifestyles
Treasured Memories: creating a lasting record of young people’s memories and experiences in the build up to 2012
You can also use ideas from the Olympic International Pack or any of the other curriculum packs available at
www.kent.gov.uk/curriculumpacks
Each pack can be used to deliver a Youth Achievement Award 15 hour challenge, by using the Treasured
Memories element to create a record of young people’s participation – you will need to sign and date all evidence
included e.g. activity sheets from this pack, photographs, online resources etc and include a detailed time sheet that
outlines each young person’s planning, participation and evaluation. If a young person completes 4 of the 5 elements
in the PRIDE packs they can earn a Bronze Award. For more details download the YAA Information Pack 2010
http://www.youthachievementawards.org/InfoPack.aspx
Get to Know: Informed Spectator
Introduction
GET TO KNOW: CREATE THE INFORMED SPECTATOR
The aim of this element is to ensure that:
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Young people understand the Olympic and Paralympic values
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You people know something about the history of the Olympic Games
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Young people can identify their heroes and great Olympians and Paralympians
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Young people know about the events surrounding the Games
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Young people acknowledge different cultures
EXAMPLE:
Value chosen: Personal Excellence
Activity & Aims:
Research records set at the Olympic and Paralympic Games e.g. Bob Beamon’s long jump record set in 1968,
Dame Tanni Grey-Thompson’s achievements. Get to know Olympic and Paralympic history, values and records.
Use this information to start a discussion on how achieving personal excellence can help you to become a record
breaker and world beater
YAA Challenge:
Online tasks and resources can be printed or stored electronically, group discussions can be recorded in both
audio and transcription, photographic evidence, blogs, evaluation sheets etc. can all form part of the evidence for
the challenge
Learning Outcomes:
Young people will be learning about the history and values of the Olympics and Paralympics, young people will be
becoming informed spectators, young people will be encouraged to understand concepts like motivation, focus
and personal excellence
Online Resources
http://getset.london2012.com/en/resour
ces
A range of resources from the official Get
Set website
http://getset.london2012.com/en/heroes
Olympic & Paralympic hopefuls & heroes
to follow in 2012
http://getset.london2012.com/en/thegames
The history of the Olympic & Paralympic
Games
http://getset.london2012.com/en/resour
ces/14-16/games-1-1-1-1
Excellent online games based around
Olympic & Paralympic values
http://getset.london2012.com/en/resour
ces/7-11/7-11-the-olympic-andparalympic-values
The Olympic & Paralympic values that
PRIDE is based on
www.funtrivia.com/quizzes/sports/olympi 30 quizzes testing your knowledge of the
c_games/olympics_history.html
Olympic Movement
Online Resources
www.intute.ac.uk/supportdocs/olympics.
pdf
An extensive list of online Olympic
resources, including history, heroes and
the future for the games
www.olympic.org/athletes
A comprehensive database of all Olympic
medallists
www.britishathletes.org/
Find out all about your British sporting
heroes here
www.kentsport.org/london2012/heroes_f Find out all about Kent sport stars hoping
uture.asp
to become Olympic heroes
www.olympics.org.uk/
The official website of the British Olympic
Movement
www.bbc.co.uk/wales/raiseyourgame/
Colin Jackson aims to inspire you to
achieve your goals
Aims, Objective & Outcomes
Aims
• AIMS
• Creating an informed spectator who knows about the Games and their values
Objectives
• OBJECTIVES
• To consider the qualities that help make a Champion, understanding Olympic &
Paralympic values and how they apply to our own lives
Outcomes
• OUTCOMES
• self reflection, goal setting, awareness of values and how they help us achieve
personal excellence, working individually and with a group, understanding the
Olympic message and how it applies to your own life
Icebreakers
OLYMPIC NAME CHAIN: Introduce yourself to the group adding a word that describes you based upon the first letter
of your name – try and choose something that reflects Olympic & Paralympic values and Olympic & Paralympic sports
e.g Jumping Jack, Speedy/strong Sarah, Excellent Ed. Then Introduce yourself, and the person to your right. The
person to your right repeats previous introductions, and introduces the person to their right. Continue with the next
person to the right, until all names have been repeated. This activity will help students learn each other’s name and is a
fun way to think about the Olympics & Paralympics and Olympic & Paralympic values.
OLYMPIC INTRODUCTIONS: Introduce yourself to the group by saying ‘my name is ….. and if I was a famous
Olympian (or Paraympian) I’d be …… because ………...’ Now ask the person on your right to introduce themselves.
You can extend this icebreaker by asking young people in the group why they chose the Olympian or Paralympian they
did and what qualities about that person they most admire.
OLYMPIC TORCH RELAY: Pass your Olympic torch (an electric torch will do or you could use your imagination & a
kitchen towel inner tube!) round the circle and encourage each young person to give their name and state the thing they
think they’re best at. As with a talking stick evaluation, the person holding the torch is the only one who can speak!
WHO AM I? OLYMPIC HEROES: Pin a name to each young person’s back – you can use your own or the ideas on the
sheet. Young people need to find out ‘their’ identity by asking yes/no questions e.g. am I a man? Did I win a Gold
medal? When everyone has found out their identity (or figured out the sport involved, or some clue to the identity if they
can’t remember the name) bring the group back together and use the ice breaker to start a discussion about Olympic
heroes – what qualities do they need? Do we all share those qualities? What makes an Olympic hero special? What
sets them apart? How can we aspire to be more like our heroes?
KELLY HOLMES - RUNNER
OSCAR PISTORIUS - RUNNER
CHRIS HOY - CYCLIST
ELEANOR SIMMONDS SWIMMER
Only woman to win the
800m & 1500m double at the
Olympics
Qualified for the 400m in
both the Olympics &
Paralympics – known as the
‘Blade Runner’
First GB man to win 4 Golds
in a single Games in 100
years
Double Paralympic swimming
Gold medallist at 13!
TOM DALEY - DIVER
AMIR KAHN - BOXER
TANNI GREY-THOMPSON –
WHEELCHAIR RACER
JONATHAN EDWARDS –
TRIPLE JUMPER
Olympic fianlist at 14 and
youngest member of the
Beijing Olympic team
Silver medallist and now
World Champion
WINNER OF 16 Paralympic
medals including 11 Golds!
Gold medallist and world
record holder
STEVE REDGRAVE – ROWER
EDDIE ‘THE EAGLE’
EDWARDS – SKI JUMPER
AMY WILLIAMS –SKELETON
DALEY THOMPSON –
DECATHLETE
England’s greatest Olympian
– 5 Gold medals at 5 Olympic
Games
Came last in his event but
embodied the Olympic Spirit
of taking part
First individual Gold at
Winter Games in 30 years
Gold medallist and multiple
world record holder in sport’s
hardest challenge
NADIA COMANECI –
GYMNAST
REBECCA ADLINGTON –
SWIMMER
TORVILLE & DEAN – ICE
DANCE
USAIN BOLT – 100M RUNNER
Gold medallist who scored
the only perfect 10 at the
Olympics
Double Gold medallist in
Beijing
Won the Gold with the
highest ever score – a row of
perfect 6.0s
Multiple Gold medallist and
World record holder
Discussion Themes
How about printing off some of these discussion topics and putting them up around your centre? Good places might be
the front door, notice boards, tables where young people sit or the toilets - you could even use one as a screensaver!
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The Modern Olympic Games were founded by Baron Pierre de Coubertin. He said ““The quest for excellence is
not the goal in itself but a means of aiming higher…The most important thing in the Olympic Games is not to win
but to take part”. Do you agree that trying to do your best even if you don’t win is an achievement or do you
believe that winning is everything and second place is first loser?
Read the interview with David Brailsford, director of the British Cycling team that won 14 Golds in Beijing
www.babusinesslife.com/People/Working-Lives/Olympic-Lives-Dave-Brailsford-Performance-Director-BritishCycling.html
In it he says personal excellence comes from having support and encouragement in what you’re doing so that
you can take
control of y our own destiny. The British Cycling team have been very successful – is he right?
What qualities do you think are needed to achieve personal excellence?
The Olympic Motto is three Latin words: Citius – Altius – Fortius which translate to Faster – Higher – Stronger.
How does the motto relate to personal excellence? Why isn’t the motto Fastest – Highest – Strongest?
BRAINSTORM: What is personal excellence? Personal excellence is about trying to do our best. Even when we
think that we can’t do any better there is always a way to make improvements. For Olympic athletes it is not only
about winning but also about participating and making progress towards personal goals. Ask young people to
brainstorm words associated with personal excellence and note these thoughts on a piece of flip chart paper. To
get the activity started here are some words associated with excellence: Creative, Enterprising, Ambitious,
Focused, Organised, Purposeful & Wise. Encourage young people to give their reasons why they use a particular
word to describe excellence and whether they feel they possess that quality themselves
Try playing the ‘Know Your Values’ game http://getset.london2012.com/en/resources/14-16/games-1-1-1-1 and
use as a basis for discussion of the Olympic & Paralympic values, your understanding of them and how they can
have an impact on our lives
Session Ideas
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WHAT IS EXCELLENCE? Becoming an Olympian takes a lot of hard work, discipline, sacrifice and
disappointment – becoming a top athlete is a huge commitment. We can all try to be our best to help us achieve
our goals and ambitions. Following on from the brainstorm activity, ask young people to complete the Excellence
activity sheet with words that they associate with achieving personal excellence in their own lives.
Leaders note: If you use the brainstorming activity, try and display the results in the centre throughout your
sessions on the
Values as a useful reference. To support young people with literacy issues, you could use this
activity as a group and ask for suggestions for words that you then write up on flip chart paper or similar
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PROFILE OF EXCELLENCE Every athlete who competes in the Summer or Winter Games has a story to tell
about how they reached their level of personal excellence – they have their ups and downs, likes and dislikes,
triumphs and defeats. Using the ‘Personal Profile’ sheet, ask young people to profile one of the 2012 heroes –
encourage young people to profile both Olympians and Paralympians. Ask young people to share their views of
these athletes – what have they learnt about what motivates these athletes strive for personal excellence?
Leaders note: This activity needs computer access. If this is not available you could bring in newspaper articles
about athletes.
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WHAT MAKES YOU EXCELLENT? Cut out the personal excellence cards and ask young people to rank them –
this is a good small group activity with each group discussing and agreeing the importance of each value. This
could be extended to an activity ranking all 5 Olympic Values. When each group is happy with their ranking, ask
them to share their thoughts with the other groups. Discuss which values (if any) are consistently high or low
placed by each group.
Leaders note: This activity would also be suitable for a whole group activity. You could also leave the cards on
tables where young people congregate as a means of starting a discussion around the Olympic & Paralympic
Values
What is ‘Excellence’?
Trying to be your best is the drive behind the desire to accomplish something. Striving for personal excellence
helps Olympians train for as long and as hard as they do. Trying to be the best we can be can help us all achieve
our goals and ambitions – write one word that starts with each letter that helps you keep motivated, keep
achieving and aiming for personal excellence!
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Each of the more than 10,000 athletes that compete in the Olympic and Paralympic Games has their own story to tell about how
they achieved their own level of excellence. Like all of us, they have good days and bad, triumphs and defeats, and likes and
dislikes. Create a profile of one of the 2012 Olympic heroes http://getset.london2012.com/en/heroes You can collect information
about the athlete from newspaper clippings, television coverage, magazine articles and websites. Complete the profile below and
then use this information to create a poster to display about your athlete – then follow their progress in 2012!
Athelte’s Name
Sport
Event (s) they compete in
Birthday
Occupation
Hobbies & interests
Their recipe for personal
excellence
Anything else!
Excellence Values – cut out and place them in the order you think they’re most important
POSITIVE OUTLOOK
PERSEVERANCE
WILLPOWER
SELF DISCIPLINE
PRIDE
CONCERN FOR OTHERS
BRAVERY
FAIR PLAY
GOOD ORGANISATION
COMPETITIVENESS
Session Ideas
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MY BEST QUALITIES attach a sheet of paper to each young person’s back. Provide everyone with a pen and ask
young people to write one thing on each other’s backs – the only rule is that you must write down what you think is
that person’s best quality – no negativity! When everyone has had a chance to write something on everyone’s
back, stop the activity and ask each young person to remove their sheet of paper and read it. Give the group a few
minutes to review their sheets and then discuss with the group – was anyone surprised by the qualities on their
sheet? Did they agree with other people’s views? Were there some qualities they hadn’t realised they had? How
will this knowledge help them to achieve their goals in future?
Leaders note: It’s important that this activity stays positive so you’ll need to think about ways that you can steer
young people towards the positive and resolve any potential conflicts. If young people agree to share you could
display the sheets and use them as a discussion starter with other young people who weren’t involved in the
session – ask them to guess which young person is which, for example
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EXCELLENCE EVALUATION ACTIVITY Explain that it can help young people to achieve personal excellence if
they think about and evaluate their beliefs. Get each young person to complete the survey and then discuss the
results with the group – what values do we demonstrate by the choices we’ve made in the survey? Why do we
choose some values more than others? How can we change our values to strive for excellence?
Leaders note: this could be a useful tool to get young people to start thinking about their personal values – why
not print out a few copies and leave them lying around or stick them up around the centre to get young people
thinking
EXCELLENCE SURVEY
It can really help you to evaluate your progress towards excellence to think about your beliefs. How much do you value:
Winning
Having fun, playing the game
Friendship
Exercise
Fair play
Competition, being the best
Being part of a team
Coaching, refereeing
World Beaters Quiz
Can you match the athlete to the record breaking achievement?
Dame Tanni
Grey
Thompson
Broke 3 world records at
Beijing
Dame Kelly
Holmes
Has won 5 gold medals
in 5 Olympics
Won 7 Golds with 7
world records
Sir Steve
Redgrave
Runs in both Olympic &
Paralympic events
Usain Bolt
Oscar Pistorius
Only woman to do the
800m & 1500m Double
Mark Spitz
Won a record breaking 4
Golds at the Sydney
Paralympics
What Makes a Champion?
Courage
Motivation
Creative
Enterprising
Ambitious
Focused
Organised
Purposeful
Wise
Positive
Willpower
Discipline
Pride
Fairplay
Confidence
Competitiveness
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Cultural Challenge: Creative
Explorer
Introduction
CULTURAL CHALLENGE: CREATIVE EXPLORER
The aim of this element is to ensure that:
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Young people explore the world through a range of mediums e.g. art. technology
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You people express themselves using a range of mediums e.g. visual art, written word, photography & video,
blogging
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Young people can identify their artistic and technological heroes
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Young people are introduced to new cultures and develop their own cultural identity through exploration of the
Olympic & Paralympic Games
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Young people understand the contribution of different cultures to the Games
EXAMPLE:
Value chosen: Personal Excellence
Activity & Aims:
Building on research and discussion around personal excellence and the way it inspires athletes to record
breaking achievements, young people will explore the idea of personal excellence and record breaking through a
range of mediums e.g spoken word (poetry & rapping), visual art, video (recreating a record breaking
achievement), online (setting up a web page to celebrate an athlete’s achievements).
YAA Challenge:
Online tasks and resources can be printed or stored electronically, art work, written word, video etc can all be
recorded and form part of the evidence for the challenge
Learning Outcomes:
Young people will be exploring their feelings about personal excellence and what exactly they admire in a
particular athlete or record breaking performance and expressing them through a creative medium of their choice
Online Resources
http://getset.london2012.com/en/resources
Resources from the official Get Set London 2012 website
www.london2012.com/cultural-olympiad
Official site of the 2012 Cultural Olympiad
www.london2012.com/about-us/our-brand/inspireprogramme.php
Find out more about taking part in the Inspire programme
www.kentsport.org/london2012/groups_arts.asp
Kent Sport Cultural Olympiad pages
http://holidays.kaboose.com/Olympics.html
Arts & crafts ideas and activities
http://familycrafts.about.com/cs/sportscrafts/a/070300a.htm
Make your own Olympics!
workers-of-art.co.uk/resourceswoa.html
Kent 2012 Schools Torch Project video
www.kent20in12.org.uk/index.php/main-site/themes/
Ideas for delivering the Olympic themes from the Kent 20in12
Learning Programme
www.artoftheolympians.org/index.php
Explore visual art created by famous Olympian athletes like Bob
Beamon
http://mascot-games.london2012.com/#/customiser
Make your own Wenlock or Mandeville and display in the
online gallery!
Aims, Objective & Outcomes
Aims
• AIMS
• Becoming a ‘creative explorer’ by exploring the Olympics through
creation, investigation and performance
• OBJECTIVES
• Completing a cultural challenge that promotes creativity, investigation,
Objectives innovation and performance around personal excellence
• OUTCOMES
• Gaining inspiration from others, using reflective thinking, applying the
Outcomes Olympic message to your own life, developing creative skills
Icebreakers
OLYMPIC RINGS: A good icebreaker for individuals or pairs, particularly if they might be unwilling to talk about themselves. Give
each pair a piece of paper (or use the sheet provided) and ask them to draw round each other’s hands then draw a number of
rings between the pairs of hands. Young people write their name on one of the hands and where they live on the other. On each
ring, they can write things they’re particularly good at. Around the rings, they can write the names of people who are particularly
influential in their lives e.g. parents, brothers and sisters, friends and family. This can then form the basis for a discussion about
our own areas of excellence. If you use the activity sheet, you’ll need to colour the rings blue, black, red, yellow & green.
OLYMPIC COLOURS: Place several objects in a bowl that are coloured blue, black, red, yellow and green (the colours of the
Olympic rings). Ask each young person to pick something from the bowl. Then ask all the young people with something blue to
state one of their hopes & dreams, everyone holding something black to name one thing that keeps them grounded, everyone
holding something red to name their best skill or talent, everyone holding something yellow to name one thing that makes them
happy, everyone holding something green to state one wish for the future. You can repeat this by asking young people to replace
the objects and choose again.
WALK TALK ask the group to start walking round the room, using all the space not just in a circle. Now ask them to walk in the
following ways: as if you’re on your way to an exam; as if you’ve just seen a brilliant film/heard an amazing piece of music/seen a
beautiful painting; as if you’ve won a Gold medal; as if you’ve just been dumped by your girlfriend/boyfriend; as if you’re confident;
as if you’re a superstar – if any young people don’t want to participate, ask them to help you think up some interesting instructions.
Ask the group whether the different emotions made them move in a different way and why that might be? Do we hold our bodies
differently if we feel differently? Does moving differently help us to feel differently?
OLYMPIC MATCHES as young people enter the centre, give them a piece of paper with an Olympic themed word or name on it –
this could be Olympic athletes, countries that take part, cities that have hosted the games or Olympic & Paralympic sports (all this
information is available in this pack). Make sure there are at least 2 of everything and then ask young people to find their matches.
This can be used as a way of determining pairs or groups for follow on activities.
Discussion Themes
How about printing off some of these discussion topics and putting them up around your centre? Good
places might be the front door, notice boards, tables where young people sit or the toilets - you could
even use one as a screensaver!
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Nominations are under way for people to carry the Olympic torch on the relay to London 2012.
Nominees include everyone from community heroes to a robot! Who would you nominate to carry
the torch and why? And why do you find them inspirational in your own life?
The 2012 Olympics will create a generation of sporting heroes. The Cultural Olympiad aims to
engage everyone, especially young people, in an artistic and cultural celebration of 2012
http://www.london2012.com/cultural-olympiad If you were organising your own London 2012
Festival who would you choose to represent this country’s excellence in the arts, science and
culture?
Look at the website ‘Art of the Olympians’ (see online resources). Whose work do you like best?
Who do you think best captures their sport in art? Olympian Tony Moore says “As in life, the prize
is not in the winning (or the destination), but in the journey along the way.” How successful are
these Olympians in achieving excellence in their art?
”Excellence is not doing extraordinary things, but it is doing ordinary things extraordinarily“ – think
about great achievers in sport, arts and science (people like Usain Bolt, William Shakespeare and
Albert Einstein) – do you agree or disagree with the statement?
Every Olympics has its mascots and merchandising – they help to embody the Olympic spirit and
values in accessible, visual ways.
Session Ideas
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INSPIRATION & EXCELLENCE either hand out the sheets featuring the two inspirational athletes or read out their
stories. Most great Olympic athletes overcome discouragement and disappointment, injury and physical handicaps, to
achieve their dreams. They show not only great ability but also great heart. Split the group into smaller groups and ask
them to either choose one of the two life stories or use another athlete they know of and create a 10 minute
presentation about them – this could be a PowerPoint, a short drama, a rap or poem , song or talk about their life. Ask
them to highlight the way the athlete has overcome hardship to become the best they can be.
Leaders note: you can also encourage young people to research their own Olympic & Paralympic hero by using the
Internet and newspapers and magazines. Or why not encourage young people to ask their parents/carers to tell them
their Olympic & Paralympic heroes?
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YOU ARE A CHAMPION! Divide the group into pairs and ask them to decide which one is the champion and which
one the TV interviewer. Now ask them to roleplay a TV interview after the 2012 Olympics with the athlete. Use the
questions on the activity sheet to explore what makes the athlete a champion. Now come back together as a group
and share some of the answers.
Leaders note: young people who don’t want to be involved directly in the role play could take the parts of cameramen,
boom operators (holding the big microphone) or floor manager (the person who directs what is happening in the
studio). You could involved the whole group in the role play and have the interviewer and interviewee, studio crew,
director and studio audience who can ask questions. If you encourage questions, lay some ground rules about
appropriate content!
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WHAT MAKES A CHAMPION? Divide the group into small groups and ask them to brainstorm the qualities that they
feel make a champion. Now ask each group to design a ‘Champion Wanted’ ad and then make a display of them. You
can use the template in the pack as a starting point.
Leaders note: as an extension activity, this could form the basis of a role play performance, using the advert as a basis
for a job interview with someone playing the would be champion and someone the would be employer/coach
Excellent Athletes
Ade Adepitan is a British
basketball
player and TV presenter. As a 6
month old baby, he contracted
polio which led to the loss of the
use of his left leg and stopped
him
from walking. But that didn’t
stop
Ade from becoming a
successful
Athlete. At school he saw the British wheelchair basketball
team which inspired him to take up the sport and he has never
looked back. Ade has competed on every continent and at
every level, eventually scoring the crucial baskets against
World Champions USA that would lead to the GB team
winning a Bronze medal at the Athens Paralympics.
Ade was awarded the MBE by the Queen in 2005 for services
to disability sport and he has campaigned against disability
discrimination and racism. Ade’s TV presenting career has
seen him do everything from wheelchair dance to mountain
climbing. He has spoken about the difficulties of overcoming
the language barrier as a Londoner living in Spain but, like
every other challenge in his life, Ade met the challenge,
overcame it and came out stronger.
Dame Kelly Holmes is a superstar of British athletics and the only
woman ever to win Gold medals
in the 800m and 1500m. She was
voted Sports Personality of the Year
and made a Dame for her
achievements which she has said
is amazing for "a girl brought up in a humble council house”
But it was a long, hard road to success – her career was
dogged with injuries and illness . It seemed that success
would never come until she based herself in South Africa and
trained with Maria Mutola a decision which turned her career
around and provided the inspiration for her Golden Double.
In 2005, Dame Kelly revealed that she had been so
depressed at her lack of success that she had self harmed,
cutting herself with scissors. However, she sought
professional help and 2 months later won her historic Golds.
She said later "Now I don't think I'll ever get to that stage
again because I've achieved what I've always wanted. I strove
to be the best and not give up on it."
You Are The Champion!
INTERVIEWER Start the interview by asking the ‘athlete’s’ name and what they’ve achieved.
Then ask the following questions to ask during the roleplay:
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Will you please describe some of the skills involved in your activity?
Will you please tell us what you had to do to reach your goal?
Is there anyone you’d like to mention who helped you? How did they help?
Your young fans would like to know what advice you would give to them so that they can do
what you did.
What does it feel like now that you have reached your goal? How has your life changed?
How can you share your experience with friends and the community?
ATHLETE You can make up everything about their character – name, sport, achievement e.g.
‘I’m a custard throwing world champion who has just won a Gold medal in the long distance
throwing event at the custard throwing world championships’. Or you can use the name and
identity and achievements of a recognised athlete e.g. ‘My name’s Chris Hoy and I won 4 Gold
medals in track cycling in Beijing’. However, whichever you choose, you can make up any of
your answers to the TV interviewers questions .
CHAMPION WANTED!
You must be (physical
qualities)
e.g. fit, healthy, strong
You must have (mental
qualities)
e.g. determination, courage
We need you to (what they
must achieve)
e.g. win medals, be a role
model
You’ll be rewarded with
(what they’ll win – not just
prizes!)
e.g. medals, attention
Session Ideas
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OLYMPIC FLAG as a group, think about the Olympic symbols like the Rings and the Olympic motto and values.
Now design a flag or banner that incorporates those elements (the rings are blue, black, red, yellow and green).
Design your own Olympic logo and motto for your flag and think about how you can use your Olympic flag to
inspire people to excel. As an extension activity, try designing some promotional items that incorporate and
promote your motto and logo.
Leaders note: this is a useful activity for focusing on discussions and activities you may already have done in
earlier sessions around the value of personal excellence.
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POSITIVE PRINTS give each young person a set of 5 index cards and ask them to write 5 inspirational and
motivational statements on them that reflect their understanding of the Olympic values and how they can help
them to do their best. These could be: a favourite quote or line from a song, something a parent or teacher has
told them, a compliment a friend has given them, the story of someone they find inspiring etc. Ask young people to
decorate their cards appropriately. These can be stored in a decorated small box or envelope and added to as part
of the evidencing and evaluation of each session.
Leaders note: this activity could be used to build self confidence and self esteem in young people by helping them
to focus on the positive about themselves
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INSPIRATIONAL MUSIC ask each young person to come up with a 3-5 song playlist that inspires them and
reflects their values. Now ask them to design a CD cover for their playlist that includes liner notes on why each
song inspires and motivates them. Now do the same thing as a group and pick 5 tracks to inspire your 2012
heroes! You can use the template in the pack as a starting point.
Leaders note: if you have computer access you could also sign up for a free account with Spotify
http://www.spotify.com/uk/start/?utm_source=spotify&utm_medium=web&utm_campaign=start and encourage
young people to put together their playlists and share them

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