Boundary Oak School welcomes triple jump star Kola Adedoyin

A European finalist triple jumper demonstrated his sport to Boundary Oak School pupils as part of the Sports for Schools programme earlier this week. Kola Adedoyin, who is ranked at number 2 in Britain in the triple jump, visited the independent school on Tuesday to work with all year groups.

Pupils took part in a series of fun sponsored fitness circuit sessions during the visit from the sporting star. Money raised will be going to the Southampton Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. The athlete also demonstrated his skills in triple jump.

Kola won 1st place in Triple Jump at the GB National Indoor Championships in March 2013 giving him the no. 1 GB rank. Whilst training full time, Kola also managed to study for his degree and graduated from Brunel University in October 2013. His favourite subject at school was always P.E. although he believes that the most important subject is maths.

Adedoyin’s main long-term goals are to make the final of the Rio Olympics and then to win the Tokyo Olympics in 2020.

Joe Davis, Head of Sport said: “The pupils were incredibly inspired by Kola, it gives them a taste of what can be achieved and a great goal to work towards. They really enjoyed their day and the school will be following Kola on his journey to this years Olympics.”

The 24-year-old has been competing in the sport for nine years and following plenty of national success in the junior age groups, he went on to win the National Indoor Championships in 2012 and 2013, plus a silver medal at the previous Olympic Games Trials. Kola is now training hard for the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Away from the track, Kola visits schools up and down the South East as an athlete mentor to children talking to them about his experiences and how he got into sport, highlighting the importance of trying every sport as a youngster, having fun and getting fit. When asked why he is doing this he said: “Some children don’t realise that they have a talent for sport but there are so many that do. I’ve met some great kids today and I hope that I have inspired them to work hard and follow their passions.”

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