Ask the assembly for a show of hands - who likes running, swimming or cycling? Who likes doing all three? Then ask if anyone knows the name of a sport that includes all three. A triathlon is made up of three parts - a swim, a cycle and a run. It is a test of stamina and endurance. Alistair Brownlee is a World Champion triathlete who won the World Championships when he was aged 21 and has been competing in running races since he was at school.
A day in the life of Alistair. Duration 3,00
Alistair trains for 30 hours per week. To relate this to children, ask assembly how much time they spend watching TV or playing sport per week and compare it to Alistair's training. He often swims at least a mile before breakfast and cycles between 15 and 80 miles and runs between four and 15 miles every day. In the video Alistair explains why he feels lucky to be doing something he loves.
Alistair went to Bradford Grammar School in north-west England. He says that his school helped him to succeed in sport and to fit training in with his schoolwork. He was a keen member of the cross country club and pounded the pavements around the school at lunchtimes. Alistair also worked hard in lessons and aged 18 moved away from home to to become a doctor and study medicine. He decided to give up his studies during his first year and returned to Yorkshire to concentrate on his training. He has since completed a degree in sports science in Leeds.
In this video Alistair and other students from his school explain how their school helps them achieve their goals and supports them.
Introducing Alistair's school. Duration 2,20
- In what ways does your school support you to achieve your goals?
- Alistair has turned one of his school hobbies into a profession - is anything stopping you from doing the same?
- What would help you to show the same dedication that Alistair has to achieve your goals?
- What would you be prepared to train for five or six hours a day for to achieve?
Assembly Question - Would you rather be an athlete or a doctor? Email your school's answer to
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