From humble teacher to celebrity aerials skier
WINTER Olympian and silver medallist David Morris was just your average, everyday working man until, as he describes it, “40 seconds of fun” has brought him fame.
“Once I was just a school teacher of PE and maths, teaching at an all-boys school, but now I am a celebrity,” he said at the Olympic Winter Institute dinner at The Chalet on June 8.
David won silver in the aerials competition at this year’s Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
He teaches year 7s and 8s and as he described it – ‘just an ordinary teacher with the same old problems that all teachers have in getting boys to understand’.
“But now I have a silver medal in my hand, it seems I know much more, have more understanding, and what’s more the boys are more willing to listen to what I have to say.”
David was discovered by former Olympian Kirstie Marshall when she walked into a gymnastics class where he was going through his own routine. tor in theAustralianAerials team.
To gain more graceful moves and to learn his twists and turns, already an accomplished gymnast, he also learns ballet and watches other ballet dancers to improve his skills.
He said the aerials competition was a fun day and the bonus at the end was a medal.
David now has not only returned to teaching, but also finds himself on the speaking circuit for the OWI and for himself – speaking at conferences as a motivational speaker.
He finds it somewhat slightly amusing that he has gone from a humble teacher and gymnastics coach to being a highly sought after celebrity. And the future? Well David said he is taking 12 months off from the hectic pace of working and training in aerials.
He will no doubt visit Mt Buller to get in a little ordinary skiing.
“When I get that ‘fire in the belly feeling’ of it’s time to get back into training and have another go, then I will,” he said.
“Hopefully I will be able to compete at the 2018 Winter Olympics and go one better, next time bringing home gold.”
SILVER AS GOOD AS GOLD: Sochi Olympic silver medallist David Morris.