Boxer Aud­ley’s back to school for an in­spi­ra­tional visit

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

The Uxbridge Gazette Se­ries OLYMPIC box­ing cham­pion Aud­ley Har­ri­son went back to his old school to tell stu­dents in North­wood to dream big.

Fresh from leav­ing the Celebrity Big Brother house, the for­mer North­wood School stu­dent re­turned to his old class­room to meet cur­rent pupils to en­cour­age them to set goals.

The boxer, who won gold at the Syd­ney Olympics in 2000, wanted to show the young­sters at the academy, in Pot­ter Street, that ed­u­ca­tion and work­ing hard at school is the key to a bet­ter life.

He told stu­dents he did not re­alise that when he was at school and urged them not to make that same mis­take.

Year 12 stu­dent Daniel Ab­biw said: “His talk was in­spi­ra­tional. He em­pha­sised that if you pre­pare prop­erly for any­thing then you can achieve your goals.”

Har­ri­son, 42, has spo­ken out about his wish to make a box­ing come­back after his stint on the Chan­nel 5 re­al­ity show, in which he came sec­ond to Hol­ly­wood ac­tor Gary Busey.

Has­nain, a stu­dent in Year 11, said: “Aud­ley showed us that with de­ter­mi­na­tion and the right mind­set, any­thing is pos­si­ble.”

As­sis­tant head teacher Chris Clyne said: “It’s not ev­ery day our stu­dents get the op­por­tu­nity to meet an Olympic cham­pion.

“It’s a mem­ory they will trea­sure and I hope in­spire them to even greater achieve­ments.”

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