Medal Winner

Medal Winner

Holding an Olympic medal is something many aspiring sportsmen and women dream of doing. To achieve Olympic success takes years of dedication and training, and a whole lot more...

Year 7 students at Tupton Hall School heard first hand from Paralympic cyclist Crystal Lane about just what it takes to take part in an Olympic Games and win medals for your country.

Crystal competed at this summer's Rio Paralympics, bringing home a silver medal in the women's 3000m individual track pursuit and a bronze in the women's road race. She is Team GB team mate of Dame Sarah Storey, Britain's most decorated female Paralympian and has a similar disability, an under-developed hand.

The 31-year-old brought along her medals for the youngsters to hold and showed them one of her cycling 'skin suits'. She also held a question and answer session in which she spoke about topics such as training, nutrition, aerodynamics and the importance of working as a team.

Crystal was also grilled on how much money she earns, which football team she supports (Manchester United), and the most amusing question of the day - "Are you famous?" The Paralympian answered by asking the year group if they had known who she was before she arrived. The majority hadn't, so Crystal concluded that she wasn't famous. She even admitted it had been strange hearing her own name while watching TV footage of the games.

Perhaps the most inspiring and motivational message of the day, which Crystal wanted students to take with them, was that she has never let her disability hold her back or stop her from doing anything she wanted to.

Crystal's visit was organised by her aunt who lives locally and whose two children had successful school careers at Tupton Hall School.