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'Never give up on your dreams' - Paralympian judoka inspires schoolpupils

PUBLISHED: 09:00 30 March 2014

Ben Quilter, bronze medalist Judoka, visited Hawksmoor Primary School to tell them to

Ben Quilter, bronze medalist Judoka, visited Hawksmoor Primary School to tell them to "never give up".

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Pupils of Hawksmoor Primary, in Bentham Road, Bexley, felt they won gold when visually-impaired paralympian Ben Quilter visited their school.

The London 2012 Paralympics judoka bronze medallist called in with a special message to “never give up” on your dreams.

Headteacher Briony Brammer, said: “We were truly inspired by Ben’s visit. He shared that by persevering and showing determination you can be a winner.”

Year 6 pupil Chidindu Igwe, said: “He made me feel like I could go for gold.”

Fellow pupil Lewis Turner, added: “It was fascinating to hear about all the things Ben had done and it was good to hear that he’d never given up.”

Six weeks before the 2012 games, Ben tore two ligaments in his knee but despite the pain, he was not about to give up the opportunity so decided to wait until after the competition to have surgery.

“Do not be afraid of failing,” said Ben. “If you do your best and give 100 per cent effort you cannot have done anymore, therefore, can never fail.

“You are better to try and not succeed than to be afraid of trying and failing.”

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