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Daley Thompson sprints into Kent College

The Junior and Senior School children at Kent College Canterbury had the very special honour of meeting the British former decathlete, Mr Daley Thompson, CBE last week.

The Junior and Senior School children at Kent College had the very special honour of meeting the British former decathlete, Mr Daley Thompson, CBE last week. 

Daley Thompson has won the decathlon gold medal at the Olympic Games in 1980 and 1984, and broke the world record for the event four times. He is considered by many to be one of the greatest decathletes of all time, so who better than him to put budding KC athletes through their paces on the track and field. At the Junior School, students practiced each of the 10 disciplines of the Decathlon while Daley gave them some advice. He particularly enjoyed the pole vault and discus training sessions and could not resist joining in.

At the Senior School, Mr Thompson met with the entire school community and in an interview session, he explained to them how he had overcome many challenges to become the best in his field for over 10 years. Students were able to ask him numerous questions about his career highlights, competing in the Olympics and his training regime. He inspired many young athletes in the audience with his anecdotes about his life in athletics.

Kent College is renowned for its sporting success and has a long tradition of recognising and rewarding outstanding ability by awarding scholarships for Sport. Scholarships are designed to attract talented pupils from all backgrounds who would benefit from the unique educational experience offered by Kent College. The school undertakes to nurture and develop a scholar’s talent; in return scholars are expected to make a significant contribution to school life.

Scholarships are offered to pupils at Year 7, 9 and 12.

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