Olympic hero pays a visit to school

VISIT Gold medallist Shirley Robertson with Samantha Cooper, India Taylor and Emma Rush

VISIT Gold medallist Shirley Robertson with Samantha Cooper, India Taylor and Emma Rush

Harriet Lee, 16

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WYKEHAM House School welcomed a gold medallist as part of their Olympic celebrations.

Sailor Shirley Robertson won two gold medals, one in Sydney in 2000 and another in Athens in 2004.

She visited the Fareham school to display her medals and to help inspire the children.

The girls also had a glimpse of the Olympic torch which was carried by sailor and gold medallist Ben Ainslie.

Shirley, who will be commentating on the sailing throughout the Olympic games, said: ‘I found something that I loved and because I loved it, I kept doing it and I got better and better.

‘It’s a once-in-a-lifetime thing that’s going to happen with the Olympics.

‘I’m hoping that by meeting someone who has been to the Olympics, they might have a better understanding of how it happens.’

Lynn Clarke, headteacher of the school, said: ‘It’s really exciting.

‘To see a double gold medallist can only inspire them to try better and try harder in all that they do and believe it’s possible to win.’

‘This isn’t going to happen again in our lifetime.

‘We are saying to them “don’t let this pass you by”.’

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