Paralympian Anna inspires Quinton youngsters

Paralympian Anna Turney presenting awards to pupils at Quinton House Junior School.
Paralympian Anna Turney presenting awards to pupils at Quinton House Junior School.

High achieving pupils at Quinton House Junior School have received awards from a Paralympian athlete.

Anna Turney, who represented Great Britain at the Vancouver Winter Games in 2010 and at Sochi in 2014, also gave what the school described as an “inspirational” account of her winter sports career.

At the age of 26, Anna, who had been one of the UK’s leading young snowboarders, suffered a broken spine in an accident which took place during a training run in Japan. But after a period of rehabilitation at Stoke Mandeville, it wasn’t long before she was back out on the slopes, learning a new way to compete.

Speaking to the pupils, Anna said: “It was incredibly liberating to be back on snow, fully mobile and on a level plain with able-bodied skiers, I even hit some jumps and rode through the 17ft pipe. Awesome!”

Four years later, she was competing in Vancouver and then Sochi, finishing fourth in the Super G. Anna’s message to the pupils was: “focus on what you want to achieve”.

After the pupils had had the opportunity to ask their guest questions, Katy Joiner, head of the Junior School, announced the prize winners from across the school. Awards included form, endeavour. progress, science, music, drama and language prizes, as well as prizes for sports boy and girl of the year to mathematics, handwriting and timetable champion prizes. Head girl Grace Hughes and head boy Archie Hancock also gave speeches about their time in post.