VIDEO: World No.1 proves a huge hit on school visit

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A genuine highflyer visited Palatine Sports College to inspire the pupils.

Jenna Downing is the world’s number one female inline skater and 10-time British champion.

World Champion inline skater Jenna Downing at Palatine Sports College.

World Champion inline skater Jenna Downing at Palatine Sports College.

The 25-year-old from Barnsley has competed in rollerblading events since she was eight.

She has represented her country across the globe in major international events, scooping the NASS title three times over and becoming LG Action Sports World Champion in 2008.

Jenna visited Palatine in here capacity as an Athlete Mentor for Sky Sports Living for Sport programme.

Growing up in a deprived area, Jenna had to work hard to get to where she is today and she is delighted to tell her story to young people and stress that they can achieve anything they choose in life with hard work.

World Champion inline skater Jenna Downing at Palatine Sports College.

World Champion inline skater Jenna Downing at Palatine Sports College.

Jenna came to Palatine to work with a Year 10 form group, which was introduced to produce mature role models around the school.

Pupils completed application forms to gain a position within the group. The successful applicants have taken part in a variety of team-building activities during form time, after school and also during a trip to Waddecar scout camp.

Pupils from the group have also liased with the Senior Leadership Team at Palatine to offer advice and opinions on any school issues.

These pupils are showing all the qualities that are expected of school prefects, which they wish to be next year.

Jenna told the pupils her life story and conducted a practical skating session.

She also revealed the importance of the project’s six keys to success.

The six keys to success are mental toughness, hunger to achieve, people skills, sports and life knowledge, breaking barriers and planning for success.

The six keys to success are designed to help young people develop valuable life skills that will help them in and outside school.

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