Olympic Derby dash for our flash Gordon

Schoolchildren who nominated him cheer Sports Coach Gordan Calvert as he is chosen to be an Olympic torchbearer Picture: Marie Caley S0136MC
Schoolchildren who nominated him cheer Sports Coach Gordan Calvert as he is chosen to be an Olympic torchbearer Picture: Marie Caley S0136MC

PUPILS at a Wombwell primary school have their own Olympic hero - their sports coach Gordon Calvert.

The teacher of 18 years was nominated as an Olympic torch bearer by appreciative kids at High View Primary Learning Centre, and on June 30 he will take part in the historic occasion - at Derby.

Thrilled to bits at taking part, although disappointed that his stint will be miles away from his hometown, Gordon told the Times of his passion for physical education, and the importance of involving every pupil.

He said: “It was wonderful to read what the pupils had said about me.....things like how much they enjoy PE lessons, and about the opportunities they’ve had through sport.”

He continued: “They are lucky to be at this school, where every child of every age is representing the school at some kind of sporting event.”

Mr Calvert said High View is one of several schools to have become involved with Team Barnsley, that sprang up as a “phoenix from the flames” after School Sport Partnerships had their funding withdrawn.

“That was a major blow for our children and I believe totally that schools need now to be in Team Barnsley. It’s run by a devoted team and it embraces a vast range of sports from golf to relay or orienteering, to relay or rounders. It does involve some payment now but in my view it’s more than worth it.”

The 53-year old former miner from Brampton is married with one son and claims his life could not be better at present.

Working with children gives such a reward, he said, adding: “It’s a tremendous honour to be chosen as a torchbearer when there will be thousands of people across the country looking on. I never thought I would do anything so special in my life.”

Another Wombwell torchbearer, Dave Allemby of Lundhill Road, will represent Wombwell Sporting and Athletics Club.

Dad-of-one Dave, who suffers from Vitiligo, will run with his torch through Lundwood on Vitiligo Awareness Day, June 25.

Dave, who is married to Julie with one grown-up son, has suffered from vitiligo for over 40 years and aims to raise awareness of the auto-immune skin complaint condition. He will be raising funds through justgiving for the Vitiligo Society.

The athlete who has been a member of the Wombwell club since 2001, works at the Tesco store, Stairfoot. He has represented Wombwell Athletics at track, road and cross-country events.