Athlete Motivation

There are over 50 different 'Athlete Motivation' poster designs in room M5, our Changing Rooms and sporting areas with captivating action photos of sporting role models and motivational quotes. Our pupils have enjoyed reflecting on them and choosing their favourite ones.

“There is no doubt current St. Mary’s students have the potential to become an Olympian in 2016 or 2020. Let that be your goal!”
— Mr Thornton

Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength.


You miss 100% of the shots you don't take.


It's not what you win but how you conquer it.


Whether you think you can or think you can't, you're right. 


If you have a talent, you have a responsibility to develop it, because you never know where it might take you


When you feel like quitting've got more to give!


Your biggest challenge isn't someone else. It's the ache in your lungs and the burning in your legs, and the voice inside you that yells 'can't'. But you don't listen. You just push harded. And then you hear the voice whisper 'can' and you discover that the person you thought you were is no match for the one you really are.


Those afraid of pain will never know glory


What you tell yourself everyday will either lift you up or tear you down


The struggle you're in today is developing the strength you need for tomorrow.


Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen.


A person who really wants something will find a way; a person who doesn’t will find an excuse.


If you keep on doing what you've always done, you'll keep on getting what you've always got.


Success is determined by the second letter.


Success isn't given. It's earned. On the track, on the field, in the gym.

With blood, sweat and the occasional tear.


Work hard. Stay positive.


Wake up determined. Go to sleep satisfied.


Hard work is the foundation for success


If you want something you never had before, you've got to be willing to do something you've never done before


The path to..
Isn't always Straight..


Decide that you want it more than you are afraid of it.


Yesterday's fast
is today's slow


Pain is temporary. Pride is forever.


A winner is someone who works to become a champion all the time, even when no one is watching.


The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is just that little bit 'extra.'


If it doesn't challenge you, it won't change you.
The best recognize the best.
The body achieves what the mind believes.


Losers quit when they're tired, winners quit when they've won.


The successful warrior is the average man, with laser-like focus.


Don't be afraid to be great


Success in life comes when you simply refuse to give up, with goals so strong that obstacles, failure, and loss only act as motivation.


The problem is not the problem. The problem is your attitude about the problem.


Go ahead, underestimate me.


Start where you are.
Use what you have.
Do what you can.


Life is 10% of what happens to you, and 90% of how you react to it.


The size of your problems is nothing compared with your ability to solve them. Don't overestimate your problems, and underestimate yourself.


The expert in anything was once a beginner.


There's that moment every morning when you look in the mirror: Are you commited, or are you not?


If it's raining, we're still training


Wake up, work out and be happy


In you. Through you. For you.
There's no limit to what God can do.


Never Give Up - Failure to prepare is preparing to fail.


Set Your Goals High - Some dream of it, others stay awake to achieve it.


No Excuses Here - Losers make excuses. Winners make it work.


Accept No Limitations - You can always become better.


Play Your Heart Out - If you play your heart out for what your jersey says on the front, everyone'll remember what it says on the back!


Stay Strong - People too weak to follow their dreams will try to discourage you from following yours.


Put the Work In - You don't get results if you don't put in the work.


No Excuses - There's no excuse for letting someone outwork you.


Do it Right - Don't do things right once in a while, do them right all the time.


24/7 365 - There are no office hours for champions.


Stay Focused - Work hard, play harder.


Always Improve - I never want to be perfect, because she who is perfect can never get any better!


You Can - The only one who can tell you 'you can't' is you. And you don't have to listen.


Use the off-season - the time will come when winter will ask what you were doing all summer.


You'll Decide - It's up to you how far you go. If you don't try you'll never know what you could've done.


Dedication - Obsessed is a word the lazy use to describe the dedicated.


Impossible is Nothing - Impossible is a word used by those who give up. Anything is possible as long as you put effort into it.


Make Yourself Irreplaceable - If your presence doesn't make an impact, your absence won't make a difference.


Work For It - You don't get what you wish get what you work for.


Success and Failure - Failure isn't the opposite of success; failure is part of success.


You Win All The Time - Winning is not a sometime thing: It's an all time thing.


Pain is temporary - It may last a mintue, or an hour, or a day, or a year, but eventually it will subside and something else will take its place. If I quite, however, it lasts forever.


Find a Way - When faced with a challenge, find a way, not a way out.


Success - Some succeed because they are destine. Most succeed because they are talented.


What Did You Do Today? - Did you do at least ONE things today that took you closer to a long term goal? If not, don't go to bed until you do


Believe in Yourself - If you don't gotta leave.


How to be Great - Greatness is earned, never awarded.


Fight to the End - Don't stop because you're tired. Keep going because you're almost there.


Why? - Why do I run...? Why do I breathe?


Outwork Them - There's no excuse for letting someone outwork you.


How It Starts - Every accomplishment starts with the decision to try.


Aim For First - No-one trains for runner up.


Champions - Champions either find a way or they make one.


Dream Believe Achieve - You have no limits. You can do whatever you set your mind to.


Forget Luck - The more you work, the luckier you seem to get.


No Limits - Limitations are for people that have them and excuses are for people that need them.


The Victory - The hard work WILL pay off.


Talent is Not Enough - Winners don't always have the most talent, but they always work the hardest.


Winning - If Winning was Easy, losers would do it.


Just Do It - Hard work pays off! It's as simple as that.


Pain is Temporary - You think training's hard? Try losing.


Ask Yourself - How do I want to be remembered?


Practice is Key - Practice makes permanent.


Make it Count - Don't count the days, make the days count.


Be Determined - A determined person doesn't find it hard to succeed; they find it hard to stop trying.


How it Starts - Every accomplishment starts with the decision to try.


Opportunities - The greatest opportunities look like the greatest obstacles.


Don't Waste Time - Use every single minute of training! The more you train, the faster you reach your goals


Nothing is Holding You Back - Whatever you think is holding you back isn't. What is holding you back is the thought that something is holding you back.


Embrace Adversity - Strength doesn't come from success. Strength comes from struggle,


Winning is a Habit - Unfortunately, so is losing.


Blast Through Barriers - Strength comes from overcoming the things you once thought you couldn't do.

Leeds Girls Can

St. Mary's fully supports the This Girl Can and Leeds Girls Can campaigns. Mrs Pounder has had 4 giant posters put up in our Girls changing areas.