A BOXING champion proved a knockout with pupils when she visited a South Tyneside school.
Great Britain women’s boxing champion Amanda Coulson was a special guest at Whitburn Church of England Academy as part of the Sky Sports Living for Sport project.
During the visit, Amanda, a three times European silver medallist and competitor in two world championships, shared her experiences with the group and used her story of triumph over adversity to support teachers at Whitburn Church of England Academy to motivate the pupils to be the best they can be.
The free UK secondary schools initiative, run in partnership with the Youth Sport Trust, uses sport stars and their skills in order to boost confidence, change behaviour, increase attainment and improve life skills.
The 30-year-old was chosen to become a mentor after overcoming a range of challenges to achieve sporting success.
David Peacock, PE teacher at Whitburn, said: “Amanda Coulson’s visit was an inspiring reward for our pupils, who have shown great commitment and dedication to their Sky Sports Living for Sport project.
“The students loved hearing Amanda’s story and sharing their experiences of their project with her.
“Most importantly, our young people have learned first-hand that sport can teach them so much.
“Whether it is the social skills needed to be a team player or the focus and determination required to do a job well, Sky Sports Living for Sport is helping them to learn important life lessons.”
Amanda, from Hartlepool, said: “I came away from Whitburn Church of England Academy feeling incredibly inspired by the commitment of the young people I met and by the school’s health and fitness group.
“Hearing how the pupils are putting their new skills and lessons they have learned into practice is a fantastic example of how sport has the power to change lives.”
Secondary schools can learn more about Sky Sports Living for Sport and sign up today at www.skysports.com/livingforsport.