Bolton: Paralympian Tony Griffin visits old school

A entire world record-holding Paralympian from Bolton went again to his previous faculty to share his inspirational journey.

Tony Griffin, 62, is 1 of Britain’s most celebrated medal successful Paralympians, getting won a overall of 38 medals in the 1970s and 1980s.

Tony was born with cerebral palsy, but that didn’t halt him in his job.

Soon after leaving Birtenshaw Faculty he decided to see how it experienced changed.

Speaking to The Bolton Information he stated: “I spoke to youngsters with cerebral palsy and different types of disabilities.

“I am rather impressed with what they have accomplished so far.”

The Bolton News: Tony Griffin with his torch and gold medalTony Griffin with his torch and gold medal (Image: Community)

He nonetheless retains a entire world report more than 25 many years immediately after setting it.

All of these achievements have manufactured him a big function model in disability sporting activities.

Tony additional: “I do not see any reason why they can’t do something.

“A large amount of individuals assume they simply cannot, but they can.

“I am an example of that to them.

“I beloved the kids’ reaction on their faces and the teachers were being fairly fired up to see me as well.

“They all had a amazed appear in their eyes and were being really fired up.”

Tony went to his very first Paralympics in the south of France aged just 16 and travelled once again with the British staff to Holland in 1980 – four a long time in advance of his most profitable and unforgettable occasion – the New York 1984 Paralympic Game titles.

The Bolton News: The children were delighted to meet TonyThe kids were delighted to meet Tony (Impression: Public)

The school have because named their classes immediately after outstanding individuals with problems who have accomplished some thing remarkable in their lives, with Griffin Class currently being named just after Tony.

Griffin Class trainer Emma Peachman mentioned: “Griffin course needed to discover a lot more about their chosen specific and so contacted Tony and invited him into faculty to see how the school experienced changed, and to tell them all about his incredible life and his phenomenal achievements.”

The small children welcomed Tony to their classroom, and he used about an hour answering their issues and telling them all about his adventures about the environment and the well known people he met.

The little ones had ready their have thoughts and ended up thrilled to have their photo taken with him, keeping the genuine Olympic torch that he carried as portion of the 2012 Olympic celebrations.

The Bolton News: It was such a memorable day for Tony and the schoolIt was this sort of a memorable working day for Tony and the school (Impression: Public)

At the end of the stop by, the kids executed a limited play they experienced been practising all about Tony’s daily life and that they performed in entrance of moms and dads and staff at the Birtenshaw Winter celebrations.

Emma additional: “He was really impressed.

“All in all, a superb time was had by everybody concerned, and Tony remaining us a pair of sweatbands that he had basically worn when he competed in the 1984 online games in America.”

Tony has also frequented faculties across the nation to give talks, and displays about his lifestyle and career.

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