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The Ebbsfleet Academy

A Brook Learning Trust Academy

Tim Prendergast Visits

On Monday 18th November 2019 middle distance runner, Tim Prendergast, asked The Ebbsfleet Academy’s year 11, 12 and 13 students, who are sitting exams in the next few months, to think about how they are going to prepare to make it past the finish line and what they want that to feel like.  Tim openly shared his life experiences and how he reflects, asks why and takes control of influences to ensure he can be the best he can be.

Tim explained: “Life is not easy and every day is not always going to go as planned and be a good day, but it’s what you do with that experience that will influence and change the next day.”

At the age of eight Tim began losing his central vision and within several years was legally blind. Despite his rapidly deteriorating sight and difficulties coming to terms with his impairment, Tim still had a passion for sports and found a real enjoyment in running.  In 2004 at the Athens Paralympic Games, Tim produced an outstanding run to claim gold in the 800 metres T13 class. 

Ms Shergill, Principal for The Ebbsfleet Academy, shared her journey of development and change: “Most people know I play football competitively.  Recently I’ve shared my team’s successes, but winning is new to our team and it’s taken three years to achieve.  It was after the match we lost 18-0, we made that decision not to be that losing team.  With hard-work, dedication and commitment we now know what it feels like to be a winning team, but we know we can still do better and because we know ‘why’ we will do it.

“It’s important that Ebbsfleet students know what they want to achieve and more importantly we ensure they have the knowledge, skills and confidence to do it.  Tim’s visit, I hope, has offered a different perspective on becoming the best that they can be.”

Tim concludes: “It’s working out and knowing what you can do now that will make the difference in achieving.  Every day my alarm would be set early for training. I was often tempted to think I’ll miss today, but missing one training session I knew would put me back.  I knew ‘why’ I was training and what I wanted to achieve and by training, I was in control and influencing the outcome.   When you achieve, that feeling is incredible. Ask yourself and answer ‘what is your why?’  When you step up to the start line prepared, or sit down to start your exam paper, you’ll have confidence and the positive mind set to achieve your why.”

Year 11 and 13 students, currently preparing for their mock exams, have developed their own personal study toolkit, designed to work for them.  We wish all our students the very best of luck in their exams