Dauntsey’s welcomes Olympian Roger Black MBE

Posted: 27th April 2021

Photographs show:  Roger Black MBE visits Dauntsey’s, opening the School’s new running track and meeting pupils and Dauntsey’s Athletics coach and former Olympian, David Hemery CBE

The summer term has got off to an exciting start at Dauntsey’s with a visit from Olympic athlete Roger Black MBE, who officially opened the School’s new all-weather running track.  Roger Black is one of the country’s most successful sportsman having represented Great Britain for fourteen years at the highest level in the world of athletics.

Before the official opening, Roger gave an inspiring talk to a select group of pupils where he shared his journey to becoming a professional athlete and compete at the Olympic Games.  His message was particularly apt for pupils entering the exam season; “…always try your hardest and give your best.  And, if things don’t go as you had planned, don’t worry about adjusting your course, as you never know where this new path may take you.”

Roger also enjoyed some reminiscing about past Olympics with Dauntsey’s Athletics coach and former Olympian, David Hemery CBE.

After a tour of the School led by the Head Boy and Head Girl, it was time for the official opening of the track where Roger unveiled a plaque which will be positioned in the School’s Pavilion.

Dauntsey’s Sixth Former Will said:

“It was a privilege to meet Roger.  He was very easy to chat to and really inspiring when talking about his own experiences in world-class athletics.

“Roger said the track was one of the best he had seen, in a stunning setting, and he was really interested in the number of community groups and societies who are able to use the facilities.”

Marcus Olsen, Director of Sport, Dauntsey’s, added:

“We are very grateful to Roger for visiting us this week and giving some of our pupils a day to remember.  It is a great start to the summer term, and I am sure he will have inspired many of our athletes to put in even more effort to their training!”


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