Hi guys!

I am taking part in a project called “Driving Inspiration”. It is a project about the legacy of the games and we are visiting many schools giving a few talks.
If you would like to know a little more about this project, please visit the website below

I had lots of fun visiting a school recently, Cressex Community School in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire.
I shared my experience of being in a wheelchair and how disabled life generally was for me.
We talked about the different types of chair and how some allow you to play sports and stay active.
We discussed about wheelchair tennis, and how different chairs are made for different sports.
I brought my own tennis chair with me so the kids could try it out for themselves and make their own opinion about what it feels like to move around in a chair.

Here are some of the comments they sent me :

Rukia Ahmed
hi i’m from cressex community school took part in driving inspiration i really enjoyed monday 18th june it was nice to meet you, i really enjoyed every minute and i’m sure al my other classmates did too some people say ” when your disabled you can’t do anything and you have just proved that being disabled, doesnt change a thing in your life since child you hav enjoyed sports
and modelling and here you are now!!!

Luv Rukia Ahmed xx:)

Sophie Williams
Hey, Samanta! I really enjoyed your visit to Cressex Community School on Monday 18th June.You were very Inspiring and taught me that being disabled does not stop you from doing things and living a ‘normal’ life.I really enjoyed listening to the story of your life and having the opportunity of having a go on your tennis wheel chair and play tennis against eachother.
Once again, Thankyou for using your time to visit us, Lots of Love,
Sophie x
Daisy Haines
Hi Samanta, I was glad to meet you yesterday (Monday 18th June) when you came into my school, Cressex Community School. What you said was inspirational and I am glad for you that you did not give up playing tennnis even though you were in a wheelchair :). It was fun playing tennis with you in your tennis wheelchair! Expect a friend request from me on Facebook in the next few days 😛
Love from Daisy x

I think that Samanta is the most amazing person I have ever met and to have come from being able bodied to paralysed is such an mental task to get over and it looks like that Samanta has done that very well. When she came to my school for the Paralympic project I was stunned how she is confident about her condition and she has given me an insight to what it is to be disabled and wheelchair tennis. I hope that you have the chance to come back to our school. Hopefully see you soon

Aren’t they cute??
I only would like to say, it was my pleasure to meet you guys and hope we can keep in contact.
Thanks for this wonderful experience. 🙂
Loads of love

Driving Inspiration in Cressex School – giving a talk

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5 thoughts on “Driving Inspiration in Cressex School – giving a talk

  • July 19, 2012 at 10:15 pm

    fantastic work you are doing!
    Let’s carry over the legacy-preparation work and make a smooth knowledge transfer from London to Rio 2016. Simon Darcy’s book, Benchmark Games, should become well know by our contacts in Brazil. Mike Prescott who ran 2010 Legacies Now! for the Vancouver Olympics is also a great resource.

  • April 2, 2013 at 4:56 pm

    Hi Sam I’m halima I’m from cressex and I think you are a very inspiring person . You have really showed me what a disabled person can do and I wish you the best in the future. Also I wish more people can see that disabled people can do loads not just sit down all day. ‘_’ 🙂

    • April 4, 2013 at 2:37 pm

      Hi Halima
      Thanks for all. It was a very fun day at your school. I hope we could do it again! PS: Even when we are sitting down, we can do something, no?! 🙂
      With all my love.

  • May 20, 2013 at 9:55 pm

    Hey sam I’m Halima again i was just wondering if you can talk to my school and do driving inspiration this year again. I have been thinking it would be great if we have driving inspiration this year aswell because we learnt soooo much last year and it would be good great if year 8 can experience this again.

  • January 18, 2014 at 9:19 am

    It’s been a year and a half since we took part in the project, and yet every time we talk about our best moments at Cressex, driving inspiration is the first thing that pops into our heads! I want to thank you Samanta your inspired us all
    ~Emma (the one in the wheelchair in the second photo) 🙂 xx


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