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Primary assembly about triathlete's dedication

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Teacher script to introduce the video

Olympic and Paralympic values

  • excellence
  • inspiration

Ask the assembly for a show of hands - who likes running, swimming or cycling? Who likes doing all three?

Then ask if anyone knows the name of a sport that includes all three. A triathlon is made up of three parts - a swim, a cycle and a run. It is a test of stamina and endurance.

Alistair Brownlee is a World Champion triathlete who won the World Championships when he was aged 21 and has been competing in running races since he was at school.

Alistair trains for 30 hours per week. To relate this to children, ask assembly how much time they spend watching TV or playing sport per week and compare it to Alistair's training.

He often swims at least a mile before breakfast and cycles between 15 and 80 miles and runs between four and 15 miles every day. In the video Alistair explains why he feels lucky to be doing something he loves.

Show video and use the discussion prompts afterwards.

Ask the Assembly Question

  • Would you rather work inside or outside?

Who is Alistair Brownlee and what has he achieved?

What motivates him to keep to his training regime?

What has Alistair given up to succeed as a triathlete?

What would help you to show the same dedication that Alistair has to achieve your goals?

Ask the Assembly Question

Would you rather work inside or outside?

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