SPORTS ROLE MODELS

During the Michaelmas Term the Downside Sports Department started a Sports Role Models programme to celebrate our pupils’ sporting achievements and positive attitude to excelling at sport.

The programme is underpinned by our sporting values of Discipline, Humility and Stewardship, reflecting the School’s Benedictine values which lie at the heart of all that we do. Each role model shares with fellow pupils various aspects of their sporting lives including their favourite sport, what motivates them, and who their personal sports role models are:

Isabelle, Upper Sixth, Sports Scholar – Downside Sporting Value: Discipline
Team sports:
Netball 1st Team / Hockey 1st Team
Favourite Sport: Netball
Alternative Exercise Preference: Hockey and Dog Agility
Favourite Things About Downside Sport: The enthusiasm of the coaches; they are always encouraging you to do your best. The equipment is also always available so we can practice at any time.
Hardest Aspect of Exercise: The motivation to perform at 100% all the time can be tough, especially when the weather gets bad!
Role Model, and Why?: I admire qualities from different people such as Layla Guscoth. After recovering from her injury, she didn’t give up on her dream and did everything to get back on court. Also, James Haskell who uses his platform in a productive way to raise awareness for charities.
Responsibilities in School: Head of Third Form and Sport Prefect of my House

Francisco, Upper Sixth – Downside Sporting Value: Stewardship
Team sports: Rugby 1st Team  / Hockey 2nd Team
Favourite Sport: Rugby
Alternative Exercise Preference: I enjoy going to the gym and doing exercise in general. However, if I had to choose a different sport I’d chose Football.
Favourite Things About Downside Sport: The staff do everything possible to adjust the training sessions to our individual needs and preferences.
Role Model, and Why?: Lionel Messi, an Argentine football player, who defeated all the odds of becoming the best player ever.
Hardest Aspect of Exercise: Starting is hardest aspect of exercise. Once you’ve started it is plenty of fun.
Responsibilities in School: Setting an example for the younger pupils is probably the most important responsibility.

Boudicca, First Form – Downside Sporting Value: Humility
Favourite Sport:
Netball
Team sports: Hockey U14 / Netball U14 / Tennis U14
Alternative Exercise Preference: Circuit Training and Athletics
Favourite Things About Downside Sport:
The encouragement of my fellow team mates and class mates. I also love how involved everyone is, and how we get lots of opportunities to do something different.
Role Model, and Why?: Serena Williams because she has had to fight so hard for her career and to earn the respect of others.
Hardest Aspect of Exercise: The urge to compare yourself to others.
Responsibilities in School: First Form School Council Representative

Kofi, Upper Sixth, Sports Scholar – Downside Sporting Value: Humility
Team sport: Rugby
Favourite Sport: Rugby
Alternative Exercise Preference: Badminton
Favourite Things About Downside Sport: The opportunities for new players to feel welcomed to the Downside Sport community.
Hardest Aspect of Exercise: The initial motivation to get started. 
Role Model, and Why?: I admire Jonathon Joseph for the way he manages to find spaces in defence. I also admire the way he constantly bounces back from injury.
Responsibilities in School: Deputy Head of House