Team GB hockey medallist Chloe Rogers truly inspired our Year 9 GCSE PE students when she spent a morning at Greensward on Wednesday this week. The girls were treated to a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity as their hockey lesson was taken over by the bronze medallist. Chloe, who is from Great Dunmow and played for Chelmsford Hockey Club for eight years, was among the London 2012 heroes to bring home a medal after her team made it through to the semi-finals of the tournament.
After running a training session and joining in a game with Year 9 GCSE PE students at Greensward, she went on to talk to children at Plumberow, Hockley and Ashingdon primaries.
Her mission mirrors that of the 2012 Games, to inspire youngsters to take up sport. Chloe, who has 162 England/Great Britain caps, told students how her path to being an Olympian began, being inspired by her father and her very own school teachers. She also told of the time when Karen Brown, bronze medal winner at the 2002 Olympics, visited her school and introduced her to Chelmsford Hockey Club.
Mrs Clarke-Irons said: “It has been brilliant having Chloe here and training with our students. For the students to have a local girl come and tell them about her Olympic experience is wonderful as they can really relate to her. I know the girls will be thinking and talking about today for a while to come.”