Sports lesson packs a punch

Ethan Mitchell, Harry Chadwick-Brown, Lewis Binns, Ewan Bray, Rachel Bennett, Shyanne Cliffe, Stan Hodgetts, Rachael Mackenzie, Lana Burke, Kym Oldfield, Amelia Howgate-Gray, Chloe Best and Iestyn Thomas. (S)

Ethan Mitchell, Harry Chadwick-Brown, Lewis Binns, Ewan Bray, Rachel Bennett, Shyanne Cliffe, Stan Hodgetts, Rachael Mackenzie, Lana Burke, Kym Oldfield, Amelia Howgate-Gray, Chloe Best and Iestyn Thomas. (S)

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Sherburn High’s PE Department is once again running the Sky Sports–Living For Sport project this year.

This will involve a group of students in Year 7 and 8 with the aim of introducing alternative sports to them.

And the athlete mentor is Rachael Mackenzie a World Thai-Boxing Champion who made her first visit to the school on January 30 and will visit later in the year.

Rachel took the Sherburn pupils through her journey to becoming a Thai Boxing World Champion.

A school spokesman said: “The group listened intently as she described the struggle she had had; she wasn’t taken at all seriously by the coach mainly because she was a woman but this only spurred her on to succeed and not only did she persevere and learn the sport, she became world champion and was the first woman to win a bare knuckle fight.

“Students were not only mesmerised by her story but also by the fact that she can do 100 press-ups without stopping.”

They then donned the gloves and were put through their paces, learning some of the basic punching and kicking combinations.

Later in the day Rachael worked with our Year 10 girls.

Rachael’s mantra: “Every day I look in the mirror and ask myself ‘have I done everything I can to make myself a better athlete?’”

Curriculum leader for PE, Paul Brennan, delighted by the success of the day said: ”It was wonderful to see lots of different students enjoying sport and what it can offer.

“A great day was had by all and I look forward to welcoming Rachael back to our school in a few months.”