Olympian Emily Diamond Inspires King's Girls

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Our girls were thrilled to welcome professional athlete and Olympic medallist Emily Diamond to King’s College last week.

Emily is a professional athlete and inspirational speaker who currently trains at the University of Bath. In 2012, she qualified for her first Olympic Games and has since become one of the country’s top 400m athletes, winning multiple international medals including the Olympic Bronze in 2016 and the World Championship Silver in 2017.

During her visit, Emily talked to the pupils about her life as an elite athlete and the obstacles she has had to overcome. She spoke about how to deal with disappointments, effectively balance school and co-curricular demands, and most importantly, why it is key to believe in yourself.

Emily’s road to the Olympics was not an easy one. As a young athlete, she was made to believe that she would never make it to the Olympics. However, despite these setbacks, she was determined to prove wrong those who doubted her.

Now, as an established sportsperson, Emily hopes to share her wisdom with fellow female athletes, igniting in them a passion and determination to succeed. Throughout the talk, she resonated with pupils, interacting with them on a personal level.

Emily concluded her speech with a quote from Winnie the Pooh: “You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.” She explained that this quote helps her to keep a level head and is a constant reminder of her own worth.

Following the talk, there was an opportunity for the girls to look at her medals, as well as some of the merchandise she has collected during her international career.

Head of Girls’ Games, Sara Similien, said: “It was a fantastic talk which reflected on the highs and lows of sport, giving the girls an awareness of how hard you need to work to achieve your dreams. I hope the session inspired them to dream big and believe that anything is possible.”

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