5th July 2021 — "Was your Olympic gold medal made from gold or chocolate?". Just one of many questions that the Prep school children asked Olympic, world record holder and former pupil, Jonathan Edwards, during his guest appearance at West Buckland School's Speech Day on Friday 2nd July.
Jonathan, who still holds the triple jump world record of 18.29m, set back in 1995 in Gothenburg, Sweden, during the Athletics World Championships, always enjoys coming back to his roots in North Devon and was spoke very warmly about his time at West Buckland, where he excelled both academically and on the sports field, before going on to read Physics and Durham University.
After his speeches, the students were allowed to ask questions, which they had pre-prepared. As well as questions about when he made the decision to focus on his athletics and what he did to help his nerves before he competed, Alfie, in Year 1, delivered his side-winder question, "Was your Olympic gold medal made from gold or chocolate?". Other questions included, who was your sporting hero? (John McEnroe); did you ever break your world record in training? (No, nowhere near!); what did you do on your days off? (Sleep!)
Later in the day, the students enjoyed having selfies and group shots with Jonathan and, for the Year 13s, this was a fitting send-off for them as they leave to forge their own careers and success stories of the future.
Jonathan Edwards' visit has had a very positive effect on the students, causing Head Boy, Yarik, to declare, "I'm going to come back and be the guest speaker one day, I'm just not sure yet for what reason!!"