Track star Eilidh re­turns to school

Teach­ing role for Olympic medal­list

The Sunday Post (Newcastle) - - EDUCATION - By Kieran An­drews kian­drews@sun­day­post.com

TEAM GB ath­let­ics cap­tain Eilidh Doyle will restart her teach­ing ca­reer when she re­tires from sport.

The Olympic and Com­mon­wealth Games medal win­ner taught at her home­town Perth Gram­mar School be­fore go­ing full time in 2012 to take part in the Lon­don Games.

Now the 30-year-old hur­dler has re­vealed she is plan­ning a re­turn to the class­room when she hangs up her run­ning shoes.

She was speak­ing as a guest at Alex Sal­mond’s show at the Ed­in­burgh Fringe, where the former First Min­is­ter tried to per­suade her to be­come an am­bas­sador for Scot­land af­ter her ath­let­ics re­tire­ment.

Of­fi­cial fig­ures say there are now 4000 fewer teach­ers than there were when the SNP came to power in 2007.

Eilidh said: “I’d love to go back into teach­ing be­cause I did love it be­fore I left. I think when I go back I will need to get a bit of a re­fresher.

“It’s been a while and it has all changed since I left.

“But I would re­ally like to go back and be in­volved in ed­u­ca­tion.”

Eilidh, who has a de­gree in Phys­i­cal Ed­u­ca­tion from Ed­in­burgh Uni­ver­sity, re­vealed she has no re­grets about tak­ing a break from teach­ing to fo­cus full-time on her train­ing.

The move paid off as she has picked up three gold, four sil­ver and five bronze medals since mak­ing the switch.

“I went full-time in 2012 for the Olympic Games and then in 2013 I won my first medal. I’ve won a medal ev­ery year since then,” she said.

Mr Sal­mond, who talked of his pride at the Glas­gow Com­mon­wealth Games and ac­cused the Scot­tish press of talk­ing the event down, also lauded his govern­ment’ s in­tro­duc­tion of com­pul­sory PE time in school.

He went on to ask Eilidh if she was pleased ev­ery school pupil in Scot­land must re­ceive at least two hours per week of phys­i­cal ed­u­ca­tion in pri­mary school, and two pe­ri­ods in S1 to S4.

She said: “I think there should be more and peo­ple need to re­alise how im­por­tant it is.

“Peo­ple think it is just about play­ing sport but there are so many dif­fer­ent val­ues you can learn from it as well.

“I’ve got so much out of my life just through sport and just be­ing able to get kids to take part in ac­tiv­i­ties helps with lead­er­ship skills, team skills, all things that help later on in life.”

Eilidh won bronze at the 2016 Olympics.

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