From hum­ble teacher to celebrity ae­ri­als skier

Mt Buller News - - FRONT PAGE - By PAM ZIERKMAHONEY

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.

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