Multi gold medal-winning Paralympian Ellie Robinson, featured as Fairfield Prep School’s guest speaker at their prize giving evening last month.
Athlete Ellie holds the world record and the Paralympic record in the S6 50m butterfly and the world record in the 100m, setting both at the age of 13.
As part of her visit, Ellie not only provided an incredibly inspiring speech at the school’s prize giving evening, but she also ran a couple of workshops earlier in the day with pupils from Year 6 which, focused on creating a sporting mystery story.
No stranger to writing herself, Ellie is a published author of Gold Medal Mysteries which is aimed at children from eight years old and features three sporting detectives as they race around the world in a mystery adventure.
Ellie, who is currently studying History and university, supported the young aspiring writers to create their own characters in producing a mystery story involving sportspeople. She said: “When it comes to writing, make sure you write about something you love, and the rest will follow. Don’t worry about how long it takes, it could take weeks or years! Just find something you like and enjoy writing about it.”
Ellie is in the process of writing a sequel to her book which will be available early next year.
The pupils enjoyed hearing about her Paralympic medals, which are actually hollow and contain a number of tiny steel balls, which differ in number depending on whether the medal is bronze, silver or gold. This way, when shaken, each medal makes a distinct sound so it can be identified and distinguished by a blind athlete.
The children were delighted when Ellie played them a video of the of the medals being shaken to create the tune of ‘Jingle Bells!’
Ellie was no doubt be a huge inspiration to pupils at Fairfield, not only in terms of her incredible achievement in sports but also in the literary world.