Paralympian Ben Quilter shows children at Bonners School, Maresfield, his bronze medal.

Maresfield schoolchildren learn to ‘Be a Ben’

Be a Ben is a catchphrase being used at Bonners School, Maresfield, to encourage children to do the best they can.

The words were adopted after a visit to the school by Paralympian Ben Quilter who talked about his battle to excel in the sport of judo and how he won bronze at the London 2012 games just seven weeks after snapping knee ligaments.

Everybody had high hopes of him winning gold in the Paralympics because he was already double world champion, and double European champion, but the injury almost stopped him competing and so he was pleased with his bronze medal.

Motivated and inspired

Head of school Nicki Kaufman said Bonners children were motivated and inspired by Ben’s talk. The school’s philosophy was already to Be the Best you can Be but the talk really brought home what could be achieved. “We now say Be a Ben,” said Nicki.

Bonners is taking part in a legacy programme launched following the London Olympics and the children will be going on to think about their own dreams and how they can develop their talents to ‘be the best they can be’.

Staff have also been taking part in the programme and were trained in their role by Dr David Hemery CBE, Olympic Gold Medallist and former world record holder (400m hurdles, Mexico 1968).

See also a report from the BBC website:  Paralympics 2012: Ben Quilter wins judo bronze for Britain

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