A former world champion visited an Amersham school recently.

Olympic silver medallist Gail Emms talked to years 11 to 13 at Dr Challoner’s Grammar School about her experience with the sport, before running a session on team-building with the school’s trainee teachers on Friday October 14.

The recently retired Olympic star spoke to students about how her mother motivated her by constantly playing against her and asked students about their own Olympic moments, hers being when Sally Gunnell won gold in the 400m hurdles and at just 15-years-old decided that she wanted to stand on the podium herself.

She also shared some challenging experiences, passed her two medals around and was led to the sports hall, saw the school’s squad training in action took to the courts herself.

Gail challenged the trainee teachers at Challoner’s - plus Mrs Rodgers and Mr Millar - to a role play activity where badminton players had to pitch for their place in the Olympics, based on shared and hidden information.

Thanks go to Gail and Mr Cadman, Mrs Rodgers and Ed Chaplin, school prefect, for organising the event.