In the news - Teacher wins Team GB’s first gold

The world of education has reacted with joy to the news that one of its own was part of the rowing duo who picked up Team GB’s first gold of London 2012.

Helen Glover, a former physical education teacher from Cornwall, only moved away from primary teaching when she realised how successful she could be with an oar in her hands.

Within minutes of standing on the podium listening to the national anthem, Ms Glover had recognised the influence of her former profession, tweeting: “It’s fantastic. I hope this can be an inspiration everywhere for people to do sport and for PE teachers, too.”

The 26-year-old rower did her PGCE at Cardiff Metropolitan University and then took a teaching job in Bath, the city where she discovered rowing just four years ago.

One teacher described Ms Glover’s gold-winning performance as “fantastic” on the TES Connect Facebook group. “How inspirational for her charges. Sets the bar high for the rest of us, though!”

The Association for Physical Education also reveled in the success; a spokeperson said its members were delighted by Ms Glover’s performance.

“We are over the moon with Helen and Heather’s success and particularly that it was two women who collected the first gold medal”.

“We hope they go on to inspire children to take up an activity and strive to be part of future Olympics. [British gymnast] Beth Tweddle said it was her PE teacher who inspired her, which is a testament to PE teachers in schools.”

Other school staff used Twitter to celebrate. One such poster was @SnsLaura. “She is simply an inspiration and someone I will use as a role model with my Y6 class next term,” she tweeted.

Another, @jessward, also joined in: “[Glover] is the perfect example of something I’m always saying to students… Take advantage of every opportunity. She’s an inspiration.”