Olympics year pep talk by star Cram

READY, STEADY GO! -- Cram (right) with academy principal Graham Roberts and pupils Laura Jones (14) and James Grocock (15) -- DISPIC NHUD12-0353-1
READY, STEADY GO! -- Cram (right) with academy principal Graham Roberts and pupils Laura Jones (14) and James Grocock (15) -- DISPIC NHUD12-0353-1

AS the countdown to the Olympic Games in London continues, former gold medallist Steve Cram has made a timely visit to Bulwell for an inspirational ‘team-talk’.

Cram urged students to combine determination and hard work as they strive to earn top grades in their GCSE exams.

The ex-sportsman (now 51) is one of the biggest names in UK athletics. He made a name for himself in the 1980s by winning 1,500m golds at world, European and Commonwealth championships and also a silver medal at the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles, USA.

One of his roles now is as an ambassador for the Yorkshire Bank, which arranged for him to visit Bulwell Academy and give a presentation for students who will sit tests during the upcoming Olympics summer.

Cram spoke to 200 pupils, parents, teachers, governors and the academy’s business advisory board at the school’s campus off Hucknall Lane. He also ran a session for the school’s leadership team about the importance of mentoring.

The former star said every day presented the opportunity to improve in the subjects pupils were studying — and that the ethics of achieving success in business could easily be applied to achieving academic success.

“It is all about getting it right in the mind because achieving that can be a really powerful tool,” added Cram. “Regardless of which exams you are sitting, set yourself targets and have belief and confidence that you will hit those targets.

“Put in the right amount of effort and make the most of the advice given to you by your teachers and parents.”

Alison Bingham, director of business and enterprise at Bulwell Academy, said it was a tremendous privilege to welcome Cram and hear his motivational presentation.

She said: “We hope everyone took away the importance of a winning mindset and the power of positive thinking. A can-do attitude is so important to us as an academy and to everyone who is educated here.”

Carl Dickinson, managing partner at Yorkshire Bank’s financial solutions centre in Nottingham, said: “Steve’s talk was certainly inspiring, and the feedback from the students was extremely positive.

“He emphasised the importance of working hard every day and the parallels between business, academia and sport. It is a privilege for Yorkshire Bank to work with Bulwell Academy and to allow Steve to pass on his experience to the students, teachers and school management.”