Olympic official fires starting gun on Kettering schools relay

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The man who fired the starting gun for Usain Bolt’s 100m glory at the London 2012 Olympics has brought his prowess to Kettering.

Alan Bell visited the town’s Southfield School on Tuesday, October 16, to start the Kettering leg of the International Schools’ relay, held in towns and cities across the world last week.

Kettering Science Academy won the race, and were able to keep the bullet casing Mr Bell had used to fire the starting pistol.

The relay coincided with the Youth Sport Trusts National School Sports Conference at Kettering Leisure Village Conference Centre, which hosted hundreds of PE teachers and school games organisers from around the country.

Charlie Brewster, Kettering’s School Sport Manager, said: “It has been a fantastic opportunity to bring such a prestigious event to the town which included this world event, started by arguably the best athletics starter in the world.”