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Oct 122016










A quote from Miss Earl, Wrenn Academy PE Teacher:

I submitted a application to Sky sports with regards to our most able students, looking at their nutrition, helping them with their school life and sport outside of school and mentoring our students to ensure they are balancing academic studies and their sports performance time. Within this programme we want to help our students manage and balance the demands of their busy academic and sporting life. I want our students to develop their commitment and dedication and reach their full potential in their given sports and this programme will ensure the pupils are surrounded by the right advice and guidance, as talent alone is just part of the solution to performing consistently at the highest level.

This application got accepted and we were assigned a mentor who was Ellie Koyander.
Ellie first learnt to ski at only 18 months old. She had a natural talent for the sport, even at such a young age, and worked her way up the competition circuit competing at local and national competitions until she was selected to join the Great British Freestyle Ski team at only 16 years old.

Ellie has since competed across Europe and North-America at World Cup, World Championship and Winter Olympic events. Competing at the Vancouver Winter Olympic Games in 2010, at just 18 years of age as the youngest member of the GB team, Ellie proved that if you set your mind towards something and work hard, you can achieve anything.
After overcoming injury and many ups and downs in her skiing career Ellie is now training for the next Winter Olympics in Korea in 2018, where she hopes to fulfil another dream by winning her first Olympic medal. Her signature trick is a back flip ‘X’ and she competes on the World Cup circuit for TeamGB, ahieving seven podiums in the European Cup and also finishing second Overall in Europe in 2015 – a first for British Freestyle Skiing.
On her appointment as an Athlete Mentor, Ellie comments: “Sport has taught me many lessons in life and made me a more determined, focused and hard-working individual. I hope that by sharing my experiences with the young people I meet I will help them to realise their potential and inspire them to be the best they can be.”

 October 12, 2016