Olympian Ed makes a splash at his old school
10:29am Saturday 15th September 2012 in Local
OLYMPIAN Ed Scott made a splash when he got back in the pool after celebrating with Team GB in Monday’s spectacular victory parade.
The water polo player dropped into his former school to share his Olympic experience with the teachers and pupils.
The 24-year-old Bolton School old boy developed his interest in the sport when he was at the school, and he went on to become the goalkeeper for the Great Britain team at London 2012.
Yesterday he gave aspiring sportsmen a lesson in water polo before jetting off to Barcelona to take up his position with Mediterrani, a team that competes in the Spanish league.
Ed, from Horwich , who has taken two years out of studying medicine to concentrate on his sport, said: “When I started playing water polo I never thought I would be competing in the Olympics.
“After the parade I met Steve Redgrave at the function and that was really special to me, because I remember watching him compete in Sydney in 2000.”
He added: “Bolton School was so supportive when I was here, helping me catch up when I was away training or competing.
“It is said the Olympics is about inspiring a generation, and I want the games to inspire more people towards this sport.”
Ed, who hopes to go on to compete in Rio de Janeiro, spent an hour teaching aspiring water polo players.
Bertie Moores, aged 15, said: “It was good to have Ed here because he taught us techniques.”
James Barker, aged 14, added: “He is a good role model and to have someone from our school competing in the Olympics shows that is possible to go far, because he was the same as us.”
Lewis Daly, aged 15 who plays for the GB youth team, said: “It is great to Ed has come back to school, to have an Olympian here is a privilege.”
The school’s head of sport Trevor Pledge, who was an Olympic volunteer, said: “Having Ed in school inspires young people to know they can do it.”