Olympian and Double Commonwealth medalist Craig Heap will be raising the bar for students at Stoke on Trent College this week.

The former Commonwealth Games Gold medal winning gymnast has represented England over 100 times in various international gymnastic competitions.

Craig will discuss this journey, along with his 5 World and 5 European titles, with students from a range of programme areas, including Sport, Public Services, Applied Science, Business, IT, Health and Social Care, Childcare, Health and Beauty and P4V.

In his three workshops at the College, Craig will motivate, inspire and educate students about the importance of setting goals to become successful and achieve the things they want.

Stoke on Trent College’s Learner Involvement Co-ordinator, Calvin Austin, said: “Sessions such as these are key to the development of the students. Like other athletes and Paralympian’s who have spoken in the college, Craig talks honestly about his own pathway and how goals are achievable if you have the correct attitude and the right tools”.

Even though he has had a successful career, one of Craig’s biggest regrets is that he left school with no qualifications and part of his talk will be about urging students to stick at their education.

“It’s the biggest regret of my life,” Craig said.  “Like it or loathe it you have to come to school so everyone should make the most of every opportunity”.

Craig’s gymnastic career spanned 20 years, during which time he won 14 British championship titles.  Since retiring from gymnastics he set up his own company that aims to help people reach their goals and dreams to achieve their own personal best.