Paralympian Simon Lawson inspires Maryport pupils at school awards night
Life might not go to plan but make the best of what happens.
That was the message from Maryport Paralympian Simon Lawson to Netherhall students at their annual awards day.
Guest speaker Mr Lawson told students of his ambition to become a top motorcyclist.
“That dream disappeared when I was left paralysed in an accident. But I am still competing in sport at the highest level,” he said.
He spoke about being in the Rio Olympics and told students that even if their first plans do not come to fruition there is always something else they can do.
The awards were held in July for the first time this year. Previously senior students have had to come back to collect prizes in October.
Headteacher David Tromans said the awards were an acknowledgement of the effort, endeavour and achievement of students.
He added: “It is an inclusive event that incorporates everyone. Although it is the winners who receive the prize, it is they who gift the knowledge, set the example and are a role model to their peers, showing them how to be successful.
“The themes that run through all of the successes are enthusiasm, a positive approach, a great attitude, effort and perseverance. Well done to all the award winners, the school is very proud of you and your achievement.”
See Friday's Times & Star for a full list of award winners.