Wells Inspires Students

Photo of the blog author By Ron Fanfair,
Toronto Police Service
Published: 11:31 a.m. October 12, 2017

Students at Blessed Archbishop Romero Secondary School were thrilled when they learnt that Olympian Sarah Wells was visiting their school.

A man and woman in front of a seated group of teenagers
Constable Peter De Quintal and Olympian Sarah Wells with Archbishop Romero students
  • A man and woman in front of a seated group of teenagers
  • Teenagers with woman holding Canadian flag
  • A woman with a microphone in front of an audience in a gymasium

Constable Peter DeQuintal, their School Resource Officer, invited the 400-metre hurdler who won the silver medal at the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto.

“For me, in my athletics experience, it has been quite the roller coaster ride,” Wells told the students. “But after seeing the difference in my success and my ability to be resilient once I began to foster a belief in myself, I wanted to encourage others to do the same.”

Students were impressed with Wells’ presentation.

“She is truly inspirational,” said Emily Briones. “She made it seem like jumping hurdles was the least of her worries. Her perseverance and resilience in itself deserve a gold medal.” 

Claudia Espinola concurred. 

“I truly loved the presentation,” she said. “She has definitely inspired me to be the best I can.”

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