Paralympic gold medalist visits Warriner School to inspire students

Robert Shepley - EditorSchools & Education

Banbury News - Pamela Relph at Warriner School Bloxham

Paralympic gold medalist visits Banbury to inspire students

Double Paralympic gold medalist rower Pamela Relph MBE visited Warriner School in Bloxham this week (7th April) to talk to their Year 11 GCSE students.


Pamela spoke to students about peak personal performance in order to motivate and inspire them before they embark on their GCSEs.

Pamela Relph MBE (born in 1989) is a British adaptive rower who won gold medals at the 2012 and 2016 Summer Paralympics, thus becoming the first double gold medalist in Paralympic rowing.

The event was hosted through the Enterprise Advisor Networks, which aims to inspire and prepare young people for the fast-changing world of work.

Pamela said: “I am grateful to the Warriner School for having me in to speak to the year 11 students. I am very proud of what I have achieved both in sport and in my education and I hope to share some of my experience of overcoming setbacks and always demanding the best from yourself.”

Banbury News - Pamela Relph at Warriner School Bloxham

Photo thanks to Warriner School

Sponsoring the event were local Banbury businesses Whitley Stimpson and Spratt Endicott, who talked to the students about the opportunities in their organisations for work experience and future careers.

Jonathan Walton, Managing Director at Whitley Stimpson, said: “Caring for and supporting the communities we live in is very important to us at Whitley Stimpson, we are committed to giving back and have always believed that we can balance profitability and a social conscience. As specialists in the field of education and with our commitment to culture in the community, sponsoring events like this provides us with the perfect opportunity to demonstrate this. Inspiring GCSE students to greater exam success is a fantastic initiative that we are very pleased to play a part in.”

John Spratt, Chairman of Spratt Endicott Solicitors, commented: “Our business likes to encourage the pursuit of excellence, whether that is achieved through sport, education or work. I am proud to be part of this event, and am certain Pamela will inspire us all as we learn more about her outstanding achievements.”

John O’Brien founded Bloxham-based business LCMB which specialises in building performance, and he is taking part in the Enterprise Advisor Network. He works with Nigel Smith, Careers Lead at The Warriner, to support, motivate and inspire the students.

John commented: “Nigel and the senior management team at the Warriner do a great job in investing in activities which enrich the students and spur them onto to even greater success in exams and life. Having had the pleasure of seeing Pamela speak previously, I have no doubt that the student will be motivated by her and learn how to strive for their peak personal performance in all that they do.”

Nigel Smith, Careers Lead at The Warriner, said: “We place an extremely high value on the support that we receive from the business community in supporting the motivation of our students. It is vital that students get a really positive message just prior to the exam season to inspire them to achieve their full potential”.

Through the Enterprise Advisor Networks, secondary schools are matched with a volunteer from a local business. The Network is based on evidence that if young people have multiple, high-quality experiences of the world of work, they are more likely to find employment and on average will earn 18% more during their career. These encounters with business boost the prospects of young people and the performance of the economy.