Pupil wants Murray to be PE teacher at old school
Sporting hero has proved to be ‘huge inspiration’ for youngsters at Dunblane Primary
A budding tennis star at Sir Andy Murray’s former school hopes the Wimbledon champion will return as a PE teacher after he retires.
Dunblane Primary pupil Gregor Wood said he was shocked to hear of Sir Andy’s plans to leave the game this year, but has high hopes for what the tennis ace might do next.
“He should be a PE teacher here,” primary seven pupil Gregor said. “I think he would be quite a good one.”
“I was shocked that he was retiring because he’s just played so well and I kind of wanted him to keep going, but because of his hip I guess it’s probably time for him to stop.”
The youngster met Sir Andy when he returned to his old school for a visit, and he said the Wimbledon champion was “quite laid back” and told the pupils he hoped some of them would follow in his footsteps.
Gregor hopes to be able to do so as his tennis is “quite good”, and he credited Sir Andy’s determination as one of his most inspirational qualities.
He said: “He’s not given up because of his hip and he’s had that pain for about a year now. He’s not given up and he’s kept on playing.”
Head teacher Lorraine Slabbert said she is “hugely sad” Sir Andy plans to retire this year as he has been a “huge inspiration”.
She said his visits to the school had shown pupils how to live active lives and taught them they can “do anything they want to do”.
A golden post box stands in Dunblane High Street in recognition of his Olympic win in 2012, and the court at the local sports club is rarely without young Wimbledon hopefuls hitting some balls, inspired by the 2013 champion.
Josh Thomson, 20, who coaches youth tennis at the club, added: “It’s absolutely gutting. It is hard to stop so early when these should be his peak years. It is such a shame.”
He added: “I don’t think you could ask for much more in an idol than someone who’s reached World Number One.”
Clockwise, from left: Pupils at Dunblane Primary; tennis coach Josh Thomson at Dunblane Tennis Club; and Callum Innes and Caroline Brown at the town’s golden post box.