Olympic rower Alex Gregory visits Cheltenham school
GASPS of awe rippled through the main hall of The Richard Pate primary school in Cheltenham when Olympic hero Alex Gregory dropped in for the day.
The 28-year-old, who won gold in the men’s coxless fours rowing, paid a visit to the Charlton Kings school where he used to be a pupil.
Some of the teachers who taught Alex as a youngster were on hand to welcome him, including his former head teacher Lynn Rowland, who has now retired.
Now towering over them at six foot, six inches, he gave an inspiring talk on how hard he had worked to achieve his dream.
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Youngsters could barely contain their excitement as they got their hands on his gold medal.
Alex, who grew up in nearby village Wormington, said: “It was great to come back.
“I can’t believe it has been so long since I was here. They have extended a few of the classrooms but by and large it is exactly as I remember it – as are the teachers who haven’t changed a bit.
“I enjoyed talking to the pupils and hopefully they get the message that whatever you are into, whether it’s sport, drama, music or whatever, that you give it your best shot and take the opportunities that come your way.”