Subscribe to our free fortnightly newsletter and stay ahead with the latest news in independent education

Derby High pupil joins Adam Peaty for marathon challenge

The challenge was organised by the Perfect Day Foundation and raised thousands for young Zambians

Posted by Julian Owen | November 24, 2017 | International

Derby High School student took part in a marathon challenge to teach schoolchildren in Zambia 50 hours of sport over five days with Olympic Gold medallist, Adam Peaty.

Abi Hymas, 16, of Uttoxeter, was invited to be part of the trip, organised by the Perfect Day Foundation, by her former swimming coach Mel Marshall from Derby City Swimming Club.

Mel, who is patron of the foundation, led a team which undertook 10 hours of sport per day for five days at five different locations in Lusaka and the surrounding communities over the summer.

The team also raised thousands of pounds, which will go directly to improving educational opportunities, making a real difference to the lives of young Zambians. 

“We were in a different place each day teaching sports such as volleyball, netball, basketball, football and we did triathlon too. It was tough as it was so hot, the temperature was around 35 degrees. We worked with Adam Peaty which was amazing and it was the first time I’ve been to Zambia,” said Abi.

This was the 12th year of the ‘Volunteer Zambia’ project, which sends out dozens of students each year to deliver coaching, build new sports facilities and undertake sports development capacity building programmes across Zambia.

Subscribe to our free fortnightly newsletter and stay ahead with the latest news in independent education

Related stories

Murderous assignment for Derby High School students

Prestigious award for Derby High School 6th former

Inspiring Derby High pupil achieves superb A-level results

Derby High School teacher represents Team GB in duathlon

An unforgettable experience

Lizzy Yarnold inspires Derby students

Derby pupils inspired by Olympian visit

Shining stars

Coeliac project wins Derby student BNF award

Waste not, want not

Market place - view all


Sparkol makes tools to engage your audience. They're like nothing y...


Zones Solutions and Services
We're experts in technology.

Casio Electronics Co Ltd

Casio is a market-leading global electronics manufacturer. It launc...


We are Saville Audio Visual - AV with a Difference
Saville is...

Schools Broadband

Schools Broadband is one of the UK's largest specialist providers o...

Sports facilities

Sports Facility Services Limited was set up in June 2013 with the ...