Anne Panter goes back to school to inspire pupils

Team GB hockey player Anne Panter from Irthlingborough
Team GB hockey player Anne Panter from Irthlingborough

Olympic bronze medal winner Anne Panter went back to her old school to inspire its next generation of sportsmen and women.

Fresh from her success with the British women’s hockey team at this summer’s London games, Anne, who is originally from Irthlingborough, visited Wellingborough School.

The 28-year-old and her team-mates secured Great Britain’s first women’s Olympic hockey medal in 20 years.

Anne said she had enjoyed every aspect of this summer’s “incredible” games and she appreciated the messages of good luck she had received from Wellingborough School.

She’s also hoping to compete in the 2016 Rio Games in Brazil.

She said: “I have been back into the school a couple of times – I came back last year to do the sports award evening.

“I had so many good luck emails from the school and the PE department and I said I would love to come in when the games were over and I had a free morning.”

Recounting her experience at this summer’s Games, she said: “It was an incredible time. It was actually really humbling; the reaction of the crowds and how the Olympics touched the public, it just made me really proud to be British to see how we have just put on the best games and how people have reacted to them.

“We wanted to win a medal for us and our squad, our friends and family and our supporters, but in the end we really wanted to win it for everyone.”

Sports teacher Cath Irvin remembered Anne’s sporting talent showing from an early age.

She said: “She stepped up to play in the first team in year nine, the normal age would be 17 or 18.

“She was incredibly competitive and talented.

“She still holds school records for running and any sporting cup would have her name on it. Everyone at the school is incredibly proud of her.”

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