Olympian Alex Wright opens the pool at Brymore Academy

DOUBLE Olympic walker, Alex Wright returned to his old school in Cannington earlier this week to help officially open their pool.

Alex, who was Head Boy in 2008 at the State Boarding and Day School, represented Ireland at the Rio and Tokyo Olympics and is currently training for the World Championships this summer.

Inspired by his childhood PE teacher, Brian Spridgens, Alex returned to Brymore to meet the school’s longest-serving staff member.

As well as meeting the students and staff, Alex also ran the Chads Hill run, a run the boys have to run once a week, but managed to run it faster than the majority of students can run it.

Alex started running as a schoolboy in Brymore and competed in many local championships before running for Somerset several times.

This experience led him to pursue a career in athletics and compete in some of the biggest events in the world, including the Olympics.

Alex said: “Without my teacher’s introduction to fitness walking, I certainly wouldn’t have achieved everything I have in sport and I’m so grateful to him and grateful to him and the school for their support. over the years.”

Alex with some of Brymore’s current students.

Brymore has had an outdoor swimming pool for 50 years, but age was taking its toll and it needed over £300,000 to refurbish, including pumps and extra heating.

The Bridgwater and Taunton College Trust, which oversees the academy, ensured this was covered and the pool resurrected for many years to come.

Brymore Manager Mark Thomas said: “The boys here are loving the reopening of the pool and it really adds to the overall experience they get from coming to Brymore.

“We are extremely grateful to the Trust for their help with this project and for accepting pool funding and the bonus is Alex’s return to inspire our students with his story.”

After a few speeches, Alex and Brian both officially opened the pool and members of the incoming and outgoing student management team jumped into the water.

Naomi C. Amerson