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Feltonfleet pupils meet Double Olympic Champion Alex Gregory MBE


Hot on the heels of his success in Rio, double Olympic Champion and multiple World Champion rower Alex Gregory MBE visited children at Feltonfleet School, Cobham on Wednesday 5th October.

After achieving victory in Rio, where he received a second-successive Olympic Gold in the men’s coxless fours, alongside his crew mates Constantine Louloudis and Molesey Boat Club’s George Nash and Moe Sbihi, to add to the medal achieved in London 2012, Alex took time out from his strenuous training schedule to share his experience and advice in assembly to both pre-Prep and Prep School pupils aged five to 13.

All the children had spent time carrying out research and preparing questions for Alex and he personally met with Feltonfleet’s Sports Scholars and Team Captains who were able to benefit from the Olympian’s invaluable insight into what it really takes to be a World Champion. Harry Ford, Captain of the 1st X1 Football team said, “It was really great to hear Mr Gregory speak – he is an inspiration.” Sports Scholar, Callum Wimble took a key message that he will use in his swimming training, “Mr Gregory showed me that you get out what you put in. You have to be dedicated if you want to be the best.” Rounders A Team Captain, Flo Holder and Alex N. , Cross Country Captain said, “He’s a great role model, demonstrating that you need real perseverance and determination to succeed.”

During the visit, Alex also presented Feltonfleet’s inaugural Growth Mindset in Sport Awards – awarded to those pupils who have demonstrated positive mental attitude in Sport.

Ed Smith, Feltonfleet’s Director of Sport, said, “We are very excited that Alex was able to meet with the pupils. As an Olympic Champion, he embodies all the qualities we hope to instil within our Feltonfleet pupils - determination, growth mindset, teamwork – we know he will be a great inspiration.”

He has certainly inspired some of our younger pupils. Year 1 pupil, Annabelle said “He made me want to be a runner” and William said, “He made me think I should never stop."

Headmaster, Alastair Morrison, commented, "Having all revelled in Team GB's excellence of effort and achievement this summer, we have greatly enjoyed welcoming Alex Gregory to Feltonfleet. I have no doubt the boys and girls will draw great inspiration from such an outstanding role model. We are most grateful to Ed Smith, and to Anna Shillinglaw at MiLK Management, for making it possible."

Published: October 18 2016

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