School strikes gold with Olympic visitor

Gold medal winning paralympian for rowing James Rowe was visiting the Priors School in Priors Marston on Thursday. He is seen with class 2 pupils Aoife 5, Sian 6, Ben 6, Alex 6 and Barney 6.'MHDE-27-09-12-Paralympian-Sep77
Gold medal winning paralympian for rowing James Rowe was visiting the Priors School in Priors Marston on Thursday. He is seen with class 2 pupils Aoife 5, Sian 6, Ben 6, Alex 6 and Barney 6.'MHDE-27-09-12-Paralympian-Sep77
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A GOLD medal-winning paralympian visited The Priors School to share his experiences with the children.

James Roe, a British adapter rower, competed in the mixed coxed four event for Great Britain at the Paralympics at Eton Dorney last month.

Mr Roe visited the school in Priors Marston on Thursday last week.

Headteacher Gary Murrell said: “He is actually a close friend of one of our members of staff, so it was always the plan for him to come and visit the school but it was just finding the right time.

“The children were all really excited to see him and made some banners to welcome him. Some of them had even been down to the Olympics, so it was very fresh in their memory.”

Mr Roe spent 15 minutes with each of the classes signing photographs, talking with the children and answering their questions.

Mr Murrell added: “It was great, not just for the children but also for the staff.

“They were able to meet an athlete and see an actual Olympic gold medal. The medal in real life is surprisingly weighty.

“The children had been doing a lot of research on rowing so they were asking him lots of questions such as what he eats and how he trains, but also things like how big the boat was and how he manages to avoid getting wet.”

Mr Roe was also positive about the plans for the future expansion of the school.

Mr Murrell added: “When he was here, he asked a lot of questions about the future of the school and we told him about the plans to expand the school.

“He was interested and excited about the plans that we have got for the future.”