Tatura Primary School students were treated to an inspirational visit by Commonwealth Games gold medallist Josh Thornton on Friday afternoon.
Mr Thornton inspired the children not only with his recent accomplishments, but with his positive attitude towards living with a disability.
‘‘If you’ve got a dream, just have a crack,’’ Mr Thornton said.
Mr Thornton described himself as a ‘‘sports nut’’ who loved various sports growing up, including basketball and football.
But his active personality was put on hold at the age of 11 when he underwent major surgery on his leg.
After an extensive recovery process Mr Thornton played lawn bowls for the first time aged 13.
From that point Mr Thornton found a passion for the sport that led him to land a gold medal in the Bowlers with a Disability Open Triples section at the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast.
The Tatura school’s principal Susanne Gill said to have Mr Thornton visit the school and speak to the children was a great experience that the children thoroughly enjoyed.
She said the children were able to learn and appreciate that everyone was different but everyone could achieve their goals.
Mrs Gill said it was also good for them to gain knowledge about the Commonwealth Games, as many of them were young and not familiar with the event.
Even after the end-of-day bell had gone, children crowded around Mr Thornton with pens and paper requesting the athlete’s autograph before giving him and his gold medal a hi-five on their way out.