Coode break

Olympic rower Ed Coode paid a visit to St Mary's School in Melrose last week.
Olympic rower Ed Coode paid a visit to St Mary's School in Melrose last week.
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FORMER Olympian Ed Coode MBE made a huge splash when visiting St Mary’s Primary School pupils at their assembly last week.

Mr Coode, uncle of Millie McCorquodale in form 3, won an Olympic gold medal in the coxless fours event in Athens in 2004.

Mr Coode held the children captivated as he told them how he rose from being a 13-year-old in the school C team to qualify as an Olympian.

Pertinent advice was offered to up and coming athletes: “It’s never too late to find your event and when on the starting line, believe you will win,” he told the enthralled youngsters.

As Mr Coode chatted to the children and answered their questions, his gold medal was passed around the hall much like a relay baton.