Olympic Inspiration

Polwhele House had a visit from an Olympic Champion

Olympic Medallist Visits Polwhele House

Polwhele School received a special visit today from three-time Olympic Silver medallist, Frances Houghton. The World Champion rower visited for the morning in order to inspire and educate the children on competing at a high level.

Houghton won silver medals at the 2004, 2008 and 2016 Olympic Games and was part of four World Championship-winning crews in the quadruple sculls. Houghton is no stranger to competing at a young age, having first made the Junior team in 1995 aged 14. She finished fourth in the quadruple scull in her first World Rowing Junior Championships just a year later aged 15.

Headmaster Alex McCullough was happy to host Frances, saying:

"Having such an illustrious career from such a young age is so inspiring for our children here at Polwhele House. We encourage our pupils to pursue a range of sports, fully appreciating all the benefits to be gained from competing – including fitness, motor co-ordination, teamwork, sportsmanship, and camaraderie.

"We enjoy hosting sporting experts at Polwhele House so we can make our pupils aware of the skills and training involved with competing professionally. Frances is a brilliant role model and we are delighted to welcome her."


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