Staff and students were delighted when Olympic boxer Natasha Jonas joined in with the school’s Share Your Talents Day.
Staff and students were encouraged to share their talents and Natasha came along to share her Boxing talents with students. She demonstrated her approach to Boxing including tips on stance, footwork, punching and other boxing techniques.
Natasha Jonas made history by becoming the first ever woman to box for Great Britain after it was decided that female amateur boxing would be involved in the Olympics for the first time. Natasha has gone on to win a silver medal at the European Championships, and represent England at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. Natasha is acting as a mentor for the school and is working alongside the students.
“It was an honour and privilege for us all to have Natasha join in as she is a great role model for young people wanting to get involved in sport.,” explained Ms Laura Wild, Head of PE at Saint Paul’s: “Natasha has done a wonderful job of motivating the students, she has been working with us to help our students to develop valuable life skills including mental toughness, a hunger to achieve, people skills, breaking barriers and planning for success.”
“The group took part in an action-packed boxing master class and were overjoyed getting to throw punches on the pads at Olympian Natasha,” commented Mr Tony Billings, Executive Headteacher. “It was a fantastic opportunity to listen to and learn from her experiences in the ring. The students were fascinated to hear Natasha talk about the importance of having a goal and working towards it and to see how she used sport to give herself direction and focus.”