Olympic star honoured by former school

By Nigel Slater Thursday 08 November 2012 Updated: 15/11 14:30

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OLYMPIC gold medallist Alex Gregory has said he is truly honoured after his former Evesham school named their sports pavilion after him.

The rowing star made a special return visit to Prince Henry's High School on Wednesday (November 7) in his Team GB colours as he officially opened the newly named building and met with current pupils who were inspired by his success in London 2012.

The school's sports pavilion is now named The Alex Gregory Sports Pavilion. The idea to name the sports building after Mr Gregory was a collective one between students, staff and governors at the Victoria Avenue school.

Mr Gregory, who is from Wormington near Broadway, achieved his highest sporting accolade by winning an Olympic gold medal in the Coxless Four rowing final along with Pete Reed, Andy Triggs Hodge and Tom James at Eton Dorney in August.

And the 28-year-old told the Observer his old school naming their sports pavilion after him topped off what had been an incredible few months.

"For the school to name their sports pavilion after me is an incredible honour, I can't believe it, it is such a nice thing for them to have done," he said.

"It's been eleven years since I was last here and it is so nice to be back and to see the friendly faces and the teachers who used to teach me.

"I spent a great five years here and this was where I started to row and learn my sport as well as other sports. It's a really great school and its so nice to see it be successful."

Mr Gregory said he was immensely proud to have competed in the London 2012 Olympics Games- an event which he said had done wonders for the country.

"I cannot accentuate how London 2012 exceeded all expectations, it was so much better than we thought it would be," he added. "The support was just unbelievable.

"It was exceedingly well run and was a huge success for the country, for sport and for young people. And what we are trying to do now is to help inspire people to do something they love doing - not just in sport but for all walks of life."

Dr Tony Evans, headteacher at Prince Henry's High School, said the day had been a very special one for the school.

"Alex was an inspiration to all of us and to have him come back to the school has been absolutely fantastic." he said. "This is the icing on the cake for us.

"The sports pavilion is a wonderful facility and because of the fantastic rowing suite we have here we thought it would be fitting for Alex to see it and have it named after him."

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