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Meet the teachers who lit Team GB’s Olympic flame

Educators recall the commitment and perserverance of their pupils who were destined for glory as athletes competing in Rio de Janeiro

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When Team GB athletes stand on the Olympic medal-winners’ podium, the whole country feels a moment of collective pride. But, for some spectators, that pride can be acutely personal.

The teachers who taught Olympic athletes at school may not have coached them in their sport. But many played an integral part in their early successes.

“As a school, we supported Jazz,” says Anita Ellis, deputy headteacher at Royal Wootton Bassett Academy in Wiltshire, who taught the swimming double silver medallist Jazz Carlin, 25.

“I used to have a lot to do with her and her mum – coordinating her trips to ...

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