There was a real air of excitement and anticipation at Tendring Technology College last Friday morning as the school welcomed an Olympic sporting hero, Chloe Rodgers, a member of the Team GB hockey squad who competed at the London Olympics and won a bronze medal. Chloe is a truly inspirational player of hockey and she is keen to pass her traits onto youngsters.
Students were absolutely thrilled to have Chloe visit their school.
She spent an hour sharing her exciting stories about playing hockey for her country and had the students completely enthralled with videos of her best moments. The students couldn’t get enough and kept shooting questions at her, but being the incredible hockey player that she is, she fielded them well! The students also had the opportunity to have their photos taken with the bronze medalist, as well as getting her autograph!
Chloe made her debut for the senior England ladies squad in 2003 against Japan. Since then she has gone on to play at the Beijing and London 2012 Olympics and also in many more international competitions.
In 2010, Chloe was part of the England team that won World Cup and Champions Trophy bronze medals for the first time and now she has a Bronze medal from the London Olympics 2012.
Girls at Tendring Technology College are currently being taught hockey and there has been a real interest in hockey since the Olympics. It is great to see so many girls being inspired to give hockey a go and show a real interest.
At Tendring Technology College, we offer an extensive extra- curricular programme and have links with many local clubs. Students have been inspired by the London 2012 and Paralympic games and want to give sport a go, some for the first time. We have seen a vast increase in students attending our afterschool clubs, which is fantastic.
Thank you so much Chloe and well done on your amazing Olympic bronze medal. In her inspirational talk, Chloe described her experience of the Olympics as ‘the most incredible time’. She appealed to all the girls to work hard to achieve their dreams.
Karen Harris (Hockey Coach/PE Teacher) said, “I think this is a great opportunity for students to meet a Great Britain Olympic Star. Hopefully this will inspire more young people to develop their hockey within school and look to further their skills by joining a local club.”