Carr Manor Community School rolled out the gold carpet to welcome British rower and Olympic gold medallist Paul Bennett MBE, on Monday 16th January.
Paul was born in Leeds and made his Olympic debut last year with the men’s eight squad, who claimed a 2016 Rio gold medal, narrowly beating Germany to the post.
Paul was welcomed into Carr Manor Community School along with Row Leeds, who spent the day teaching pupils the fundamental basics of rowing and dry rowing.
He spent part of the morning chatting to Year 9 Sport and Society Study School pupils about how his love for rowing developed, how he balances his personal life alongside the Olympics and how the beds in the Olympic Village just aren’t made for those over 6 foot!
“I had a chat with the pupils and gave them the chance to have a look at the gold medal and see a little bit of what team GB does when they’re away every 4 years. We’re just trying to do the best we can for the country” said Paul.
He enjoyed speaking to pupils and was really happy to hear that so many of them were interested in his journey and Olympic success.
We would like to thank Paul for his visit and taking the time to speak to our pupils.