Paragon pupil, Hester, has completed an impressive challenge to compete 100 sports in 100 days. The grand challenge was completed with an energetic and closely fought quidditch match with her Year 6 classmates on The Paragon’s front lawn.
Hester took on the challenge at the start of the summer to raise funds to support her skiing team, the Outspan Rebels at their next VI ski training camp in October.
As everyone that comes into contact with Hester knows, she does not let her visual impairment hold her back and that has most certainly been in evidence over the last 100 days, as Hester has tried 100 mainstream and adaptive sports, ranging from horse-riding to fencing to indoor skydiving and even the skeleton bob at the University of Bath’s facility.
“I have had a brilliant summer trying loads of new sports,” reflected Hester. “I really wanted to show that just because I can’t see doesn’t mean I can’t join in most sports. I have met some really amazing and inspiring people and found some sports that I would really like to keep doing.”
“I am very grateful to everyone who has helped me in my challenge and all the people who so kindly donated money to help fund the coaching and guiding costs for my ski team. It has been so much fun that I am a bit sad that it is over. I will look forward to my next challenge!”
Toby Goodman, Director of Sport at The Paragon, added, “Wow, what an amazing achievement! Hester has shown a huge amount of focus and determination to see the challenge through to the end and in the process has not only raised a huge sum of funds for her team, but has had the opportunity to try some weird and wonderful sports. When Hester let us know she wanted to finish her challenge with a game of quid ditch, we quickly swotted up on the rules, but what a great way to round off the challenge!”
Hester has far exceeded her original fundraising target and donations continue to come in.