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Olympic kayak hero returns to Clitheroe Royal Grammar School

Olympic Games bronze medalist in the K2 200m Jon Schofield with CRGS year 9 students on his return to his former school.

Olympic Games bronze medalist in the K2 200m Jon Schofield with CRGS year 9 students on his return to his former school.

OLYMPIC bronze medallist Jon Schofield went back to his old school, and he took his kayak with him.

Jon, from Sawley, was invited by Clitheroe Royal Grammar School to come and talk to pupils about what drives him in his sporting achievements, and he was happy to oblige.

“It was good to go back and share my Olympic experience with the kids,” said Jon, who won bronze in the 200m two-man kayak sprint. “I was hoping to inspire them to get more involved in sport.”

Jon, who attended CRGS from 1996 to 2003, addressed two special assemblies of Years 7 and 8, and 9 and 10, and had lunch with some Year 11 students including sporting ambassadors.

He brought an indoor paddling machine he uses for training, along with the actual kayak in which he had paddled to Olympic glory with Liam Heath in August at Eton Dorney.

Jon said: “I had a great time at the Grammar School. I’ve got fond memories of the place and it was good reliving them. A lot of my teachers are still there, although my sports teacher has moved on.

“In the assemblies I had the chance to talk to the pupils about the things I’ve learned from sport, such as goal setting and motivation.

“It’s not just about medals and winning, it goes beyond that.”

 

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