Anna inspires school pupils

Paralympic skier Anna Turney at the school
Paralympic skier Anna Turney at the school

Bilton Junior raise money for Paralympian

PARALYMPIC ski racer Anna Turney has been motivating pupils at Bilton Junior School with her inspiring story.

And on Thursday they presented her with £500 towards her training in New Zealand later this month.

They raised the money by each donating £1 to wear their own choice of kit on their summer games day and when Rugby MP Mark Pawsey won £100 in the school raffle, he donated it back to a charity of their choice too.

In 2006 Anna, whose sister-in-law Carol Stanford is a Year 3 teacher at the school, broke her back snowboard racing.

Instead of it being the end of what she loved doing, Anna took up the challenge to become a paralympic ski racer.

After three years training, Anna came sixth in the 2010 Vancouver Paralympics. She now aims to win a gold medal in next year’s winter games which will be held in Sochi, Russia.

She was the perfect speaker for the school’s topic of resilience on ‘bounce back day’ which saw the youngsters looking at coping with difficult issues, working together and persevering to overcome challenges.

Deputy head Alex Norton said: “We are very proud to be supporting such a worthy cause. The children have enjoyed meeting Anna and since the bounce back day have taken what she said on board.”

Anna also signed autographs for them.