Olympic gold medallist helps teachers kick off the new school year
PUBLISHED: 10:01 06 September 2018 | UPDATED: 10:01 06 September 2018
Teachers from across Norfolk and Suffolk have got the new school year off to a golden start with an impromptu rowing lesson from an Olympic medallist.
Anna Watkins, who won gold in the double skulls at the London 2012 Olympics, gave the lesson to 800 teaching and support staff from the Inspiration Trust at an event in Norwich.
The Olympian told staff about her journey from state school student to Cambridge maths graduate, and how her university experiences uncovered a hidden talent for rowing.
She told how she nearly missed out on medals at both Beijing and London Olympics through illness, but battled through to reach the podium.
Staff also heard from Dame Rachel de Souza, the trust’s chief executive, about the group’s achievements over the last year and its plans for the future.