Jamie NichollS

Jamie nicholls 

Professional Snowboarder


1 . What was your school like?

I went to school at Queensbury high School, which is a girls and boys school. I really enjoyed school, but even though I got on well with most of the other students I kept myself to myself and didn't get into trouble. I did the best I could with my work, which always worked out quite well! I never really like to fail at anything, so I worked hard to make sure I was successful. 

2. What is your favourite memory from school?

My favourite memory from school was doing my GCSE Art exam! I enjoyed art, and I liked to spend time in the art room painting and drawing. During the exam I had the opportunity to just come into school and paint all day, which was great!

3. How did your school experience influence/help your career?

My school always gave me the time off I needed to go to snowboarding events or competitions that had the potential to support my career in snowboarding; So, they were always very helpful in that sense! They also always shared my snowboard achievements with the rest of the school, which helped to give me the confidence I needed to succeed in snowboarding and a lot of other things I did.

4. Were you bullied at school? If so how did you overcome this?

I wasn't really bullied at school; I never got myself into too much trouble with anyone else in school either. I think my career in snowboarding was a talking point with most of the students and helped me get my peers onside. However, I did feel peer pressured into doing things in school that I didn’t agree with! Being quite strong willed, I never gave into them though. As you can imagine this didn’t make me the ‘coolest’ of kids, but I wasn’t that bothered.  

5. What was your favourite school subject?

Physical Education and Art were my favourite subjects, because I enjoy sports and love drawing, as I'm quite a creative and active person. 

6. What did you look forward to when you went back to school after the holidays? What advice would you give to young people who are going back to school after the holidays?

A new term or school year is a fresh start and great time to reflect on what you did before the holidays; time to make changes for the better! I always wanted to improve on last term and even though I wasn’t great at subjects like Math's, I tried the best I could. So I guess what I looked forward to the most when I went back was trying to impress my teachers by working harder.

7. Was there anything you worried about when you went back to school after the holidays?

I was always worried about what people thought, but I answered the worry in my head with ''who cares''; I'm the way I am for a reason so I’ll stay the way I am and never change for anyone. Even if everyone in school said I looked like a snowboarder, I didn't care, I was stoked going back into school with the biggest goggle tan from my snowboard holiday and long hair, its just who I am!

8. What was your favourite school meal?

Hmm, Possibly the fish and chips and then Jam Rolly Polly for desert, always a winner! 

9. If you had to go back to school again what would you change?

I don't think I would change anything, I feel like I did the best I could have done. 

10. What advice would you give to anyone who is worried about going back to school?

Be strong and make sure people around you like your parents and your teachers are aware of any issues you may have at school. There are people out there who can help you if you are being bullied, such as the Anti Bullying Ambassadors. Make sure you have the best knowledge on how to deal with any bullying situation and seek advise if you’re not sure. Be strong and stick up for yourself; no one deserves to be bullied!

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