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Sporting Chance to Challenge a Champion Thanks to Medical Mavericks

STEM & sports science enrichment organisation Medical Mavericks visited Notre Dame on Friday 14 September to see how our students measured up to world class athletes. Both lower and upper sixth CTEC Sport and A level PE students were involved, taking part in two workshops: Challenge the Champions and Mini Medics.

Challenge the Champions involved 11 separate fitness tests, pitting students against the world records of sporting greats such as Usain Bolt and Jenson Button. Particularly impressive was The Accelerator, where students raced a virtual Usain Bolt (1.74 seconds was the time to beat over 10m from a standing start). Please click on the links below to see short videos of our students in action.

After all that physical activity, students checked themselves in to the Mini Medic workshop, using an ultrasound machine to see inside their bodies, recording and printing their own ECG, and measuring their peak flow.

The purpose of both workshops was not only to engage and challenge our students, but also to introduce them to a wide range of careers relating to health and sports science. Head of PE at Notre Dame, Mr Scott Broadley, said: ‘This event provided a fantastic opportunity for our students to use advanced fitness testing equipment, and to explore the job opportunities that may be available to them through study at university or employment in the sports industry.’

Our thanks go to the fantastic Medical Mavericks and our dedicated Notre Dame staff for organising such a memorable day.

Challenge the Champions: testing reaction times

Challenge the Champions: The Accelerator