Rhodes drops into St Peter’s

PUBLISHED: 14:06 15 February 2008 | UPDATED: 08:50 10 June 2010

A visiting Olympian gave Lympstone youngsters a glimpse of what it takes to be a world-beater when sailor and former pupil Ben Rhodes returned to St Peter s School.

A visiting Olympian gave Lympstone youngsters a glimpse of what it takes to be a world-beater when sailor and former pupil Ben Rhodes returned to St Peter's School.

Former World champ Ben made a guest appearance at the school in the run-up to his bid for Olympic glory at the games in Beijing this summer.

Pupils - welcoming back one of their own, who first sailed on the Exe aged eight - were left inspired by a lesson in the life of a top professional athlete.

The Exmouth-based sailor won gold at the World Championships in 2007, to top his European Championships gold the previous year.

Alongside team-mate and helmsman Stevie Morrison, crewman Ben is ranked fourth in the world in sailing's 49er class.

Twenty-six year-old Ben popped up to St Peter's during a break from his busy training schedule.

Despite losing the world crown in the Melbourne race at the start of January, the pair consoled themselves with silver and confirmation of their Olympic selection.

Ben said: "The children were pretty excited about the Olympics, and a handful in the senior school were into their sailing. The younger ones were more interested in whether I had any pets!

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