Getting used to deep waters

peter with his medals crop

On Thursday, Commonwealth gold medallist Peter Waterfield paid a visit to St Peter’s Southbourne site. Peter was here primarily to mentor the Level 3 Sports Leaders Sky Living for Sport Project Disability in Sport. The Level 3 Sports Leaders have been working with students from Linwood School, who have a wide range of disabilities and they have been attending every Thursday since October half term.


Peter demonstrated his skills on the Trampoline to all the students and Leaders and all were keen to ‘have a go’ Later in the afternoon he spoke to the Level 2 and 3 Leaders about how the ‘6 keys to success’ helped him to become a winner.


The 6 keys to success are: Mental Toughness; Hunger to Achieve; People Skills; Sport and Life Knowledge; Breaking Barriers and Planning for Success.


In the afternoon GCSE P.E students were engrossed by the speech, in which Peter enthrallingly discussed the highs and lows in his career and the challenges sportsmen and women face. In addition to this he also inspired the students to understand how to cope with failure and apply a sporting attitude to anything they do in life. During his speech Peter said, “If I inspire one of you that would complete my diving career”.

Student Reporter: Lauren Hodgson, Year 12
Student Photographer: Gabriel Bush, Year 11