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Staff Inspire Their Pupils with Goals and Gold: News

Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

Staff Inspire Their Pupils with Goals and Gold: News

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Hockey player and rower are two of many teachers in the Games.

Many school staff spent the last few weeks of term counting down the days until the start of the summer holidays and the arrival of the Olympics, but one geography teacher has been waiting years for the London Games.

Dan Fox, a defender in Team GB's hockey team, is taking part in his first Olympics and has already scored in the team's opening game against Argentina.

Over the next few days, the 29 year old will battle it out against the world's top teams in the hope of winning a medal, before starting a new role this September as a geography teacher at the independent Cranleigh School in Surrey.

Mr Fox was dropped from the British squad two years ago, so being in the team for the 2012 Olympics is all the sweeter, he said. "It has been very hard work to get into the final 16," he added. "Just a few weeks ago, 27 were in with a shout of making the squad, so there has been a lot of pressure building up to this point."

A number of Mr Fox's former students from his old school, North London Collegiate, have been cheering him on since the Games began and the teacher can add a few more fans to the list after he and his team mates played host to the Queen and Prince Philip, as well as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry.

"We haven't been able to move for all the royalty," Mr Fox joked. "But the whole experience has just been amazing. These are memories that I will keep and look back on for some time. However, right now I am just glad it has started and hopefully we can go on and win a medal."

Already among the medallists is Helen Glover, who partnered Heather Stanning in the women's coxless pairs. The duo won the first of Britain's gold medals in the Games on Wednesday, before which Ms Glover was a PE teacher in Bath. Prior to 2008 she had no experience in rowing.

On the non-competitor side, scores of teachers are involved in making the 2012 Olympics happen. …

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