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Miss Meredith By Jazz Carlin

The swimmer, who won two silver medals at this summer’s Rio Olympics, recounts a constructive and collaborative PE teacher who instilled a work ethic that helped her quest for success

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I started at Wootton Bassett High School in 2001. Gosh, that seems a long time ago now. I loved my time there, I really did. There was a swimming pool in the leisure centre next door so, at my peak, I was doing really rather a lot of swimming. I’d have swimming classes before school, then I’d eat breakfast on the way to school. Then, I remember having swimming classes in school between 9am and 11am, my hair would still be wet for my first class, and then I’d have another hour and half in the pool after school. I remember some of the boys in at Wootton Bassett thinking they could beat me in a ...

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