The Olympic Federation of Ireland (OFI) has launched its Dare to Believe Circuit Challenge, with the aim of providing a fun exercise circuit for school children that they can complete at home. The video features top Olympic and Paralympic athletes who are ambassadors on the Dare to Believe programme, which was launched last year. The OFI also announced that the Dare to Believe programme has been adapted for the current environment and can be rolled out online by teachers to their classes. This evening (Thursday, April 16) Olympian and Dare to Believe ambassador, Thomas Barr will be take over the OFI Instagram page to answer questions from 7-8pm. The Dare to Believe Circuit Challenge video features Team Ireland Olympians Claire Lambe, Brendan Boyce and Shane O’Donoghue; European Games medallist Grainne Walsh; Paralympian, Greta Streimkyte; and International Modern Pentathlete, Sive Brassil. The workout gives children the opportunity to choose which exercise they want to do, with two athletes on the screen at all times bringing the viewer through a fun and achievable home circuit. Dare to Believe was launched following an investment by the OFI and the International Olympic Committee in February 2019 with the aim of bringing the Olympics to the classroom and is championed and supported by the OFI Athletes’ Commission. Schools nationwide participated in the programme which promoted Olympiam, Paralympian and the benefits of sport, with one of the 12 ambassadors visiting the class on the final day of the lesson. In the first year, Dare to Believe exceeded all its original goals with 5,000 schoolchildren across 60 schools passing through the programme, spanning 14 counties. The feedback from the programme has been overwhelmingly positive, and we are delighted to be able to continue to offer it to teachers and schoolchildren during these challenging times. Dare to Believe was developed for the OFI by 2008 Olympian Roisin McGettigan, who competed in the steeplechase and who has been managing the programme so far. Teachers should register here https://www.daretobelieve.ie/info if they are interested in taking part in the programme and getting more information.
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