Athletes start by talking about their respected sports, and how they got involved within the sport. By using pictures and videos athletes touch upon any memorable moments or achievements during these early years of participating in their sport.
Following this, athletes will talk about their career highs and lows. This is usually a very interesting part of the presentation as each athlete has their own story of how they had to battle through difficult times to achieve their dreams. For some athletes this means talking about issues such as bullying, healthy eating and racism, where as for other athletes this can be career threatening injuries and illness.
Once athletes have explained their stories to the pupils, they will then talk about their greatest achievements. Again, this can vary from international selection to Olympic glory, becoming a World Champion, or breaking a World Record.
Athletes will end the presentation by elaborating on their future goals, and highlighting to students what they have to do to follow in their footsteps and achieve their personal goals.
The presentation and Q&A session can vary in length from 1 hour, to 15 minutes, depending on the school’s requirements. On average however presentations last approximately 40 minutes unless changed by the schools. Please see the example timetable.