Olympic gold medallist visits college to inspire students

Rio Olympian Joe Clarke will be visiting Newcastle-under-Lyme College (NULC) on Wednesday 16 November, from 6.30pm to 8.30pm, to deliver an inspirational talk to students and staff before taking part in a Q&A session.

Team GB’s gold medal-winning athlete Joe, from Stone, will talk about his early life, his dreams and how he never gave up to achieve his goals and he will be encouraging others to do the same. The 23-year-old canoe slalomist earned his place at the British Olympic trials at the Lee Valley White Water Centre and he was later chosen to represent Team GB at the 2016 Rio Olympics where won a gold medal.

Paralympian Ian Marsden will also be delivering a motivational talk on the evening and taking part in the Q&A session.

Karen Dobson, Principal and Chief Executive at NULC, said: “We’re really honoured to be welcoming Joe and Ian to the College. NULC is the number one sports college in the region and our sport provision has been rated outstanding by Ofsted. We have many sports-oriented students at the College and I know they will really benefit from listening to both Joe’s and Ian’s story and drawing inspiration from a local sporting hero.”

Joe and Ian will be answering questions from students who will be looking to get some hints and tips on making it big in the world of sport and questions will no doubt include ‘what it was like to represent Team GB at the Olympics?’ and ‘how did you feel when you won a medal?’.

For more information contact Joe Hambleton, Marketing & PR Officer on 01782 254265 or email joe.hambleton@nulc.ac.uk

About Association of Colleges West Midlands

AoC West Midlands promotes and supports the interests of 38 general further education, sixth form and specialist colleges throughout the West Midlands region. The West Midlands is a diverse region and our colleges reflect this diversity. From small specialist colleges in rural locations to large inner city establishments, colleges reflect the needs of their local environment. Working closely with employers, learners and the local community, our 38 member colleges offer a broad range of flexible learning opportunities for individuals at all levels. They aim to give local people the skills they need for success and prosperity, tackling barriers to learning and providing opportunities that meet the needs of individuals and employers
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