FORMER world champion and Olympian Daniel Caines shared his top tips for success with 160 Solihull primary school pupils at a Year five games day.
Daniel, who overcame severe injury to become one of the youngest ever World Indoor 400m Champions in 2001, tested pupils’ mental toughness, teamwork, and hunger to achieve with a series of sporting challenges to help boost their confidence.
He visited Grace Academy in his capacity as an Athlete Mentor for Sky Sports Living for Sport, a free initiative for secondary schools delivered in partnership with the Youth Sports Trust, designed to help young people achieve their full potential.
Daniel Caines said: “I come from the Chelmsley Wood area so I love to come back and share the stories of what I’ve overcome to achieve success, encouraging students to overcome their own difficulties and plan to succeed.
“After my injury I had stress factures in my lower back which made it far easier to be in a wheelchair, and walking became a distant memory.
“If I was able to get over this and become a World Champion, it could happen to other people too; you’ve just got to believe you can do it and go for it.
“When I was at school I was no more talented than other people I meet every day, I just had to work for it.
“If you have goals, the only person standing in the way of you achieving them is you.
“Young people often don’t achieve because they’ve never been told they can.
“I hope to plant the seeds into a different way of thinking.”