Champion runner sets pupils on right track

By Connie Osborne Wednesday 22 January 2014 Updated: 22/01 13:33

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Buy photos » Studley High pupils Lucy Shepherd,15, Beth Faulkner,13, Daniel Noke,12, and Felix Gill ,11, line up with former athlete Daniel Caines. Picture by Marcus Mingins 0414003MMR

A WORLD champion runner visited a Studley school to talk to pupils about the highs and lows of his career.

Daniel Caines, who won gold in the 400m at the World Indoor Championships in 2001 as well as in the 4x400m relay at the European Championships the year after, went to Studley High School to work with pupils as part of the Sky Sports Living for Sports project.

The scheme aims to boost confidence, change behaviours and improve life skills with the help of sporting stars.

Mr Caines spoke to pupils about how he became a champion at the age of 17 after breaking his back in 1999 whilst on holiday in Florida.

The star was told he would never run again but defeated the odds to qualify for the GB Olympic squad in 2000, later qualifying for the 400 metre final in Sydney.

Speaking after the visit, he said: "I came to inspire and left inspired by some of the people and teachers I met."

David Hawkins, head of physical education and project organiser at the school, said Daniel was very open with the the pupils about the mistakes he had made in sport and life and how failure fuelled him to strive for success.

"He was very approachable and left all pupils with a clear message of working hard to achieve their goals."

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