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Sporting stars join Taunton School’s remote learning line-up

An Olympian and an England cricketer joined virtual lessons this week and shared their unique insights into elite sport.

On Saturday, Olympic Bronze Medalist and Team GB pentathlete, Kate Allenby MBE (pictured), joined over 100 students for a Q&A on the topic of “What attributes create the perfect athlete”. She was asked questions about her sporting career and achievements and how she managed the demands of being a top level athlete including the psychological impact. She also offered some words of advice on how to face life in lockdown.

On Monday afternoon, Somerset and England cricketer Tom Banton spoke to students about his career so far playing at both national and international level. He spoke about the different pressures of playing short form cricket compared to the traditional format and what it’s like playing alongside legends of the game. Students also asked him for tips on how to improve their technique. The session was hosted by former England Cricketer Marcus Trescothick who is part of Taunton School’s cricket coaching team.

Hayley Mortimer, Assistant Head of Co-Curricular at Taunton School says, “We felt incredibly fortunate to virtually welcome both Kate and Tom to Taunton School this week. They were both so generous with their time and wisdom and left our students feeling inspired. In a time when our school community can’t be together in person, we are proud to be able to offer our students these unique opportunities to learn from elite sports men and women.”

Taunton School is hosting a virtual Open Morning on Saturday, February 6. Find out more and register here:

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