Olympic rowing medallist Mark Hunter MBE opens new sports pitch at Havering Sixth Form College, Hornchurch

Havering’s own Olympic rowing medallist Mark Hunter MBE returned to his old college to inspire the borough’s next generation of athletes.

Mark, who won a silver medal at London 2012 to add to his 2008 gold from Beijing, visited Havering Sixth Form College in Hornchurch to open a new sports pitch.

As he cut the ribbon to unveil the new all-weather surface, Mark told pupils how the college had changed since his days as an A-level student there in the mid-1990s.

He said: “It’s very different now from when I studied here – there are far more subjects and better facilities.

“And with the building plans for the new sport, travel and tourism block, there are improvements being made all the time. It’s a great place to be a student.”

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Principal Paul Wakeling said: “Mark is an inspiration and it was fantastic that our students had the chance to meet him and talk to him.”

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