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Mr French by Sir Chris Hoy

The Olympic and world champion cyclist remembers a teacher who taught him the importance of teamwork and allowed him to follow his own path

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I went to George Watson’s College in Edinburgh for my whole school career. The school encouraged everyone, regardless of ability. It didn’t seem restrictive at all. I think that was quite unusual then – it was a pretty forward-thinking place.

When I was 11, I had a teacher called Mr French who comes to mind immediately as one of the best. He was my absolute favourite: my form teacher and an amazing bloke. He had a really fun way of engaging with the kids in his class. He made you want to learn and get involved.

It wasn’t just me he inspired – I know that a number of my classmates thought he ...

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