FErret

9th September 2011 at 01:00

Long arm of the cleric

No doubt Barnsley College's new chaplain, Paul Cartwright, will be sympathetic to troubled students in need of advice. But should any of them fall out of line, they ought to be aware that the 40-year-old has just switched careers after 21 years in the police force. Having faced down rioters in Bradford and G8 protestors in Gleneagles in 2005, he will be well prepared for an FE college.

The father of two has faced personal battles, too, after he was diagnosed with leukaemia in 2008, an event that he says tested his faith but gave him more empathy for people he counsels.

Still, Mr Cartwright's combination of cop and cleric will be the worst nightmare for any miscreant students, bringing to bear the full force of powers temporal and spiritual. It's time for Barnsley College to be on its best behaviour.

Olympic inspiration

Congratulations to Naomi Smith, a sports student at Hull College, who, after a haul of seven medals at the British and the World Transplant games, has brought her collection up to 39.

The 18-year-old took gold in the world 100m relay in Gothenburg and earned a bronze medal in the 5km cycling time trial at the international athletics competition for transplant recipients.

Naomi, who received a liver transplant as a young child, also notched up two golds in javelin and long jump at the British games, along with silver in 100m, 200m and cycling. "My dad has put hooks up in my bedroom to hang them on but I'm running out of hooks," she told her local paper.

FErret calculates that if our Olympians next year are able to maintain Naomi's sustained level of success, Team GB will more or less win everything. So let's hope they are inspired.

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