Olympian visits Blue Coat School

Will Taylor

Olympic rower Andrew Hodge paid a visit to Reading Blue Coat School’s pupils on Monday after winning his third gold in Rio.

He gave a talk in the morning assembly about how the medal haul during the games exceeded everyone’s expectations and that he had ‘absolutely no idea’ what it takes to be an Olympic champion.

Hodge did, however, offer his wisdom about the level of commitment required to do so.

He said: “If you head into life with a good attitude, you will break down barriers.

“If you’re part of a team and have the right attitude, you will unlock things about yourself.

“Working together, you’ll find the best options, and if you commit to those options, you’ll find yourself excelling.”

Blue Coat headmaster Jesse Elzinga, who met Hodge through the Oxford University Boat Club, and is a friend of the Olympian, said: “It was a joy to host a local Olympic hero.

“Andrew modestly brought only one of his medals this morning, but the boys have been so excited to see it.

“I hope all the young people will learn from his inspiring words about hard work, attitude and teamwork.”

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