Olympian and World Champion Rower visits Horsham school

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Students from Tanbridge House School in Horsham played host to an Olympian and World Champion Rower on Friday, June 7.

Toby Garbett visited the school as part of the Sky Sports Living for Sport project.

This free UK secondary schools initiative, delivered in partnership with the Youth Sport Trust, uses sport stars and sport skills to boost confidence, change behaviours, increase attainment and improve life skills.

The pupils involved in the Sky Sports project shared the activities they have completed, the skills they have learnt and their accomplishments on and off the playing field with Toby when he visited their school.

Toby has been handpicked by the Youth Sport Trust to become a mentor because of his unique personal journey, overcoming a range of challenges to achieve sporting success.

During the visit, Toby shared his experiences with the group and used his story of triumph over adversity to support teachers at Tanbridge House School to motivate the pupils to be the best they can be.

Sally Linsell, marketing and development manager at Tanbridge House School, commented: “Toby’s visit was an inspiring reward for our students who have shown great commitment and dedication to their Sky Sports Living for Sport project.

“The students loved hearing Toby’s story and sharing their experiences of their project with him.

“Most importantly, our young people have learned first-hand that sport can teach them so much,” She continued. “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.”

Toby said: “I came away from Tanbridge House School feeling incredibly inspired by the commitment of the young people I met.

“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.”