Sir Mo Farah CBE joined more than 200 representatives from schools across LB Hounslow to ‘champion’ the role that physical activity and sport plays in the lives of young people across the borough.
The annual conference, which was hosted by Sport Impact and funded by Hounslow Council, promotes the importance of children being active and developing a lifelong love of activity and sport. The event was held at Twickenham Stoop Stadium to inspire teachers through a variety of workshops.
As a child Mo Farah attended Isleworth and Syon School, and Feltham Community College. Now Sir Mo Farah CBE, he is a multiple Olympic, World and European champion. Since 2017 he has also been an ambassador for Save the Children He led a fundraising campaign for the charity’s East Africa Appeal and donated £100,000 himself from the Mo Farah Foundation.
For many he is Britain’s greatest ever athlete having accumulated ten global titles which includes the ‘double double’ of gold medals over 5,000m and 10,000m at both the 2012 and 2016 Olympic Games. He holds numerous European and British Records and has the World Bests for two miles indoors (8:03.40) and the One Hour Run (21,330m).
He lives and trains in South West London with his wife and their four children. He famously dedicated each of his four Olympic gold medals to his four children.
Image above: Sir Mo Farah at the sports conference organised by Sport Impact and funded by Hounslow Council
Mo wanted to play for Arsenal before becoming a runner
At the conference he spoke about his incredible journey from local pupil to sporting legend. He revealed earlier this year that when he was young he wanted to play football professionally, for Arsenal.
“I would have loved to play for Arsenal, but I was never good enough” he told The Guardian. in January. “I played at school and for the local club until I was 14, but I was only good because I could cross the ball and run forward and run back. I didn’t have any other skills. I joined a running club instead.”
He represented Hounslow at cross-country in the London Youth Games.
His athletic talent was first identified by then P.E teacher Alan Watkinson, who is now Director of Sport Impact. He said:
“We were delighted to host more than 200 people from the education and sport sector at the Sport Impact conference last Wednesday. The overriding message was the need to ensure children from all backgrounds had full access to opportunities to be physically active.
“This has never been more important because of the pandemic and we hope that delegates had some excellent insight into, not only why we need to do this, but how they might apply this to their schools. It was great to be able to access some outstanding key-note speakers and to round the day off with an interview with my famous ex-pupil Sir Mo Farah. That was the icing on the cake!”
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