Trekking across the glacier

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Assembly for key stage 3 and GCSE pupils about athletes on a team-building trip to the far north.

Belgian sprinters endure glacial trek dur 2,47

Teacher script to introduce film

Have you ever been somewhere cold?

Kevin and Jonathan Borlée are twin brothers and professional sprinters from Belgium.

Olympic and Paralympic values

  • Determination
  • Friendship
  • Courage

The twins and their team mates from the Belgian relay squad spent a week trekking across an Icelandic ice cap.

They trekked 50 miles across the Langjökull ice cap.

It gets really cold in the arctic and temperatures dropped below -15c.

The twins' father is also their coach. He organised the trip for the team.

The aim of the trip was to build friendship and team work amongst the athletes in the run up to the London Olympics.

The trek also tested the team's mental and physical strength.

Show film and use discussion prompts afterwards. Email worldclass@bbc.co.uk if you would like a copy of this film to download

Why is it important for a relay team to work together? Do you think the team in the video work well together?

Why do you think the Belgian squad chose to do something really difficult together? Do you think hardship makes a team stronger, or weaker?

Ask the Assembly Question

  • The twins also do lots of training in the gym. Would you rather be in the gym or on a glacier?
  • Email your school's answer to worldclass@bbc.co.uk

When do you work in a team in sport and otherwise? What do you think makes a good team?

Think of a time when you have worked in a team. What did you enjoy? What was hard?

Why can't everyone in the team be the team leader?

Trekking in very cold weather conditions requires lots of determination. When have you had to show determination?

During the trek the athletes battled against extreme weather conditions and suffered with blisters. If you were on the trip, would this stop you from enjoying yourself?

The twins' dad is also their coach. If you were an athlete would you find it hard to be coached by someone who you know really well?

Ask the Assembly Question

The twins also do lots of training in the gym. Would you rather be in the gym or on a glacier?

Email your school's answer to worldclass@bbc.co.uk

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