Professional Sportsperson – Stacey Copeland at MHS
On the 16th December, our Y7 students were lucky enough to meet Stacey Copeland, an ex-International footballer and professional boxer. Stacey took some time out of her schedule to speak to our students and tell them all about her incredible journey as a professional sportsperson, overcoming the challenges and adversity associated with a woman wanting to be successful in male dominated sports.
Stacey’s journey has taken her all over the world, from playing for Doncaster Belles and Tranmere Rovers in the English Premier League to representing her country in football, gaining scholarships in the US and playing for the Swedish outfit, Vasalunds IFC.
As an amateur boxer Stacey won a European silver medal, multi nations gold medal and three national titles. As a professional she earned the opportunity to fight for a title and went to Zimbabwe to face Mapule Ngubane. Stacey won the historic match up and became the first ever British woman to win the Commonwealth title.
Stacey is deeply passionate about making a difference to others and uses her love of sport to have a positive impact wherever she can.
Her community and charity work, activism around progress for women in sport and gender equality and involvement in encouraging sport for all has led to much recognition both within and beyond sport.
Stacey was in school to help us launch a project designed to encourage our Y7 students to become better independent learners. To show how greater independence will improve their determination, their planning, their resilience, their focus, their ambition, their targets, their reflection, (all qualities shown by Stacey throughout her career), and WILL determine their success!
There will be more on this in the coming months. Suffice to say that today our Y7’s saw what success hard work and independence can bring.
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Marple Hall School
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Stockport SK6 6LB
Headteacher: Mr Joe Barker