On Thursday 1st March at 1pm, five pupils from Trevelyan Middle School visited Dorney Lake. Dorney Lake will be playing host to the rowers at the London 2012 Olympics and we were lucky enough to interview Terry Hunter, father of Mark Hunter, who is a rowing gold medallist that has and will be competing in the Olympics this year.
When we arrived we were greeted by a stunning view, the view of Dorney Lake. It was breath taking. We were then seated next to our interviewee, Terry Hunter, the father of Mark Hunter. Terry said, "Dorney Lake is made up of pure spring water that can be used for Slough's drinking water during a drought." We all took it in turns to ask a couple of questions based on Mark's achievements. Mark Hunter also has a younger sibling, Ross who has also succeeded in rowing, therefore making his own mark in history.
Our reach for gold: Trevelyan pupils, Terry Hunter and Martin Cross
Once in a Life Time Experience
We had a surprising visit from the extraordinary ex-rower Martin Cross. He won a Gold Medal at the Los Angeles 1984 Olympics, alongside three other men, one of them being Steve Redgrave. From this, we gained great insight into what life is like as an athlete. He told us that a typical day of training for an athlete would be to row seven lengths of an Olympic course! Cross also explained to us that they have to eat the same amount of calories that are in twenty muffins. We were all lucky enough to hold Martin’s gold medal which is six percent gold and ninety-four percent silver.
Our day at Dorney Lake is one that we will never forget as we learnt so much. One of the many highlights was when we got to hold a gold medal! This was a once in a life time experience. One thing is for sure, we are all looking forward to watching Mark race this summer at the London 2012 Olympics. Come on Great Britain!
by Naomi, Abbie, Holly, Samantha and Sanjana