HIGH-ACHIEVING: Returning inspirational student Chris Ashford pictured with students and his former teacher Stuart Lambert.
Yeovil Academy unveil plans to celebrate 30 years of student success stories as Iron Man success returns to inspire others
A HIGH-ASPIRATION Yeovil Academy is inviting ex-students from the last 30 years to get in touch with their success stories, as one high-achieving Iron Man former student who left 10 years ago visits to inspire others.
Buckler’s Mead Academy is now looking for hundreds of students who have achieved success to get in touch as it builds an alumni.
The plans came as Chris Ashford who left the school 10 years ago, this week inspired students with his Ironman triathlete achievements.
Next week (10th October) he will be competing in the Hawaii GoPro Iron Man World Championship in Kona, Hawaii.
The 26-year-old is also a highflying Lance Corporal in the Parachute Regiment – after working at Westlands helicopters for four years.
He said: “I have to thank my parents and Buckler’s Mead for this – they always knew how to motivate me. Their support has been amazing”.
“It is also fantastic to be back at the school to see it going from strength to strength.”
Chris said part of his determination to do well in life came from when his best friend, Joshua Willis sadly past away in Year 11.
He added: “It opened my eyes to the fact you get one chance in life, you never know when that might be taken from you, therefore you have to strive for everything you want from it.”
Earlier this year Chris competed at the German Ironman, which qualified him for the Hawaii event.
He also won a silver medal in June at the world ITU championships in Sweden where he was representing GB in age group 25-29 and is now keen to get a solid sponsor.
Any previous students of the school are asked to get in touch with their success stories via email@example.com