Jehue Gordon: Staying focused

Assembly about Trinidadian hurdler who wants to win gold in 2012 and inspire young people to stay away from gang culture.

Jehue Gordon is going for gold at London 2012. Dur 2.31

Teacher script to introduce film

Jehue Gordon is a track athlete from Trinidad and Tobago and well known in his home country. When he was at school he worked hard in class and on the sports field.

Map of Trinidad and Tobago

He burst onto the international stage in 2009 when he was just 16 years old and ran the 400m hurdles in 48.26 seconds.

While Jehue excelled at school and on the track, some of the people he grew up with have taken a different path.

Some of his school friends are teenage parents, while violent crime has left others in jail, or even dead as a result of gun crime.

Jehue remains focused on achieving his goal of winning a gold medal at London 2012.

He believes sport and his strong faith have helped him to avoid getting in to crime.

In this film, Jehue talks about how he hopes to inspire others.

Show film and use the discussion prompts afterwards.

Ask the Assembly Question

  • What helps you stay focused, sport or school work?

Who is Jehue Gordon and what is his goal?

What has happened to some of the people Jehue grew up with?

How has he avoided becoming involved in crime and gang culture?

What is your goal? What obstacles and distractions might you encounter? How can you overcome them?

Jehue says he doesn't just want to compete at London 2012, he wants to win a gold medal. Do you think it is more important to win or to take part?

Ask the Assembly Question

What helps you stay focused, sport or school work?

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