Olympian and world champion rower inspires Horsham students

Last Friday, June 7, olympian and world champion rower, Toby Garbett visited Tanbridge House School as part as part of its Sky Sports Living for Sport project.

 The free UK secondary schools initiative, delivered in partnership with the Youth Sport Trust, uses sport stars and sport skills to boost confidence, change behaviours, increase attainment and improve life skills.

 The pupils involved in the initiative share the activities they have completed, the skills they have learnt and their accomplishments on and off the field with Toby.

Toby has been handpicked by the Youth Sport Trust to become an Athlete Mentor because of his unique personal journey, overcoming a range of challenges to achieve sporting success. During the visit Toby shared his experiences with the group and used his story of triumph over adversity to support teachers at Tanbridge House School to motivate the pupils to be the best they can be.

 Toby said: “I encouraged them to think about the skills you learn through participating in sport and how these can be applied to improve all areas of their lives.

 “Different sports inspire different people but one thing is true, there’s a sport for everyone and it can be life changing. I hope that I have encouraged the pupils at Tanbridge House School to keep focused on reaching their goals.”

 Sally Linsell, marketing and development manager at Tanbridge House School, said: “Toby’s visit was an inspiring reward for our students who have shown great commitment and dedication to their ‘Sky Sports Living for Sport’ project. The students loved hearing Toby’s story and sharing their experiences of their project with him.

 “Most importantly, our young people have learned first-hand that sport can teach them so much.

Whether it is the social skills needed to be a team player or the focus and determination

required to do a job well”.

 Toby added: “I came away from Tanbridge House School feeling incredibly inspired by the commitment of the young people I met. Hearing how the pupils are putting their new skills and lessons they have learned into practice is a fantastic example of how sport has the power to change lives.”

Secondary schools can learn more about ‘Sky Sports Living for Sport’ and sign up today at

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