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Olympic hopeful JJ tells students to keep believing

Team GB long jumper JJ Jegede, who hopes to compete for Britain at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, has become an Athlete Mentor for some of the College’s sport-loving students.

JJ has been putting the A Level PE group through their paces in fitness sessions and has been working with students to develop valuable life skills such as mental toughness, hunger to achieve, communication, sports knowledge, breaking barriers and planning for success.

Olympic hopeful JJ tells students to keep believing | February 2016

The mentor initiative is part of the Sky Sport Living For Sport programme and it has given students the opportunity to work with one of the country’s top athletes. JJ, who has suffered many injuries and disappointments during his career, has encouraged the group to focus on the psychology of sport and he has been able to provide valuable personal insights on preparation for competitions and never giving up.

He said: “I feel blessed to still be competing despite my numerous setbacks. I want to show the students that if they keep believing, they can achieve anything. I know that teachers can make a real difference to young people’s lives and I hope my experiences can help future generations too.”

In 2012 JJ became the UK Indoor Champion long jumper and in 2014 he finished 7th in the Commonwealth Games final in Glasgow. In the same year he also reached the final at the European Athletics Championships and also won both indoor and outdoor British Championship titles.

He is currently training for selection to the GB athletics squad for this year’s Olympic Games which are being held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from 5th -21st August.