Record-breaking Olympic Triathlete opens state-of-the-art Fitness Suite at Ratcliffe College

Sport | 12.07.2019

Olympic Triathlete (and Ratcliffe Parent), Tim Don, was our special guest for the blessing and grand opening of our new state-of-the-art Fitness Suite, as part of the College’s ongoing investment in sport facilities.

Tim set a new Ironman World Record at the South American Championship in Florianopolis, Brazil in 2017: an amazing achievement in itself.  However, two days before the 2017 Ironman World Championships, he was hit by a car and knocked from his bike whilst training.  He suffered a broken neck and spent three months in an incredibly restrictive Halo brace.  Yet, after a further three months of rehabilitation, he returned to compete in the 2018 Boston Marathon – a truly inspirational athlete.

He has since delivered inspirational talks to Ratcliffe students, sharing his experience of what it’s like to be a record-breaker and represent Great Britain at the Olympic Games.

Headmaster, Mr Reddin, Governors, guests, parents and staff were present to witness the cutting of the ribbon to declare open the outstanding £1.1 million facility.  Mr Reddin said:

“We are incredibly proud of our new facility which has been built with the kind support of alumni and other generous benefactors to support our ongoing vision for sport at Ratcliffe College. The Fitness Suite will enable students of all abilities to realise their greatest potential whether that be on the sports field or realising their own individual training goals.

“The brand new equipment is industry-standard performance kit and will ensures that our students enjoy the very best opportunities to improve their fitness levels. It underlines our commitment and continued investment in sport.”

Ratcliffe College has recently seen a number of students excel in their chosen sport, many of which have competed at a national standard.

The College also offers Sports Scholarships and Bursaries to candidates with outstanding achievement and potential in the major games played at Ratcliffe.

To find out more, click here for scholarships and bursaries information or come along to our next Open Morning on Saturday 5th October between 9.30 and 12noon.