London Olympic gymnast, 92, visits Hitchin school

PUBLISHED: 11:41 13 July 2012 | UPDATED: 11:46 13 July 2012

92-year-old George Weedon leads the pupils through some stretches. Pic by Keith Dobney.

92-year-old George Weedon leads the pupils through some stretches. Pic by Keith Dobney.


A 92-YEAR-OLD former Olympic gymnast proved that he still remains as active as ever when he visited a Comet country school.

George Weedon, who lives in Nottingham, visited Wilshere Dacre School in Hitchin last Friday to demonstrate some moves and answer questions.

Mr Weedon competed in the London 1948 Olympic games, and a documentary, which had its LA premiere in May, has been made about him by film marker Kate Sullivan.

He told the pupils about his upbringing, and how he couldn’t afford to train at a gym so taught himself at home using doorways and walls round the house.

Mr Weedon, who still keeps active, also led the pupils through some gymnastics and stretches.

Deputy headteacher Sarah Smith said: “He was doing things you wouldn’t expect a 92-year-old to do. The children were absolutely fascinated.

“They were quite excited when they heard he was coming, and were thinking up questions to ask.”

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