Physical Education/PSHE KS2 & KS3: How Katherine Grainger was inspired to become an Olympic rower

The story of how Katherine Grainger was inspired to become an Olympic rower.

Katherine recalls key events and experiences from childhood that made her the athlete and person she is today.

For Katherine, becoming a champion rower wasn't easy.

She wasn’t the best at rowing when she started - in fact she was the worst.

At times, the effort required to do well felt almost too hard and she nearly gave up after the setback of failing to be selected.

However, with a strong spirit and a determination to succeed, she decided to turn things around instead - to try harder, work harder and do better.

Katherine explains what the different types of rowing are and talks about the particular physical and mental strengths that you need to become accomplished in the field.

Her message to children is that "you have no idea what you are capable of – so find out. Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t do something. You can do far more than you realise.”

This clip is from the series Olympic Spark: Fire Up Your Future.

Teacher Notes

Katherine talks about how her early rowing experiences did not lead to her being selected as ‘the best’, but gave her personal fulfilment.

Students could discuss if it is important to always be the best or to always try your best.

Katherine’s key message is you never know what you are capable of, and she says you owe it to yourself to find out what you can do.

Students could discuss how this could apply to them or someone else of their age.

How can they find out what they are capable of?

Challenge students to write a personal action plan for things they would like to achieve this year, by the time they leave school, and in their lifetime.

Curriculum Notes

This clip is suitable for teaching Physical Education and PSHE at KS2 and KS3 in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and and 2nd, 3rd and 4th Level in Scotland.

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How Gemma Gibbons became an Olympic medal winner in judo
How Sam Oldham was inspired to become an Olympic gymnast
How Samantha Murray became a silver medal-winning pentathlete