ABERDONIAN, David Carry, is returning to where his swimming career began when he visits his old school to present an Olympic cap from London 2012.
Following the announcement yesterday (Monday) of his retirement from competitive swimming, David is visiting Robert Gordon’s College on Wednesday morning. Whilst there, he will catch up with the school pipe band who performed at his wedding celebrations last month when he married GB team mate, Keri-anne Payne, 24.
Gordonian David, 31, comments: “It is great to see old friends and talk to pupils who aspire to become the sports stars of their generation. I hope that by sharing my experiences with them they will be inspired to aim even higher and to believe that they can turn their dreams into reality.”
Junior School pupils and Senior School sporting prospects for the future will enjoy time with the swimming star and will have the opportunity to learn from his experiences of competing at the highest level. David has taken part in three Olympic Games, reaching the 400m freestyle final during London 2012, and two Commonwealth Games, winning five medals: two gold, two silver and a bronze.
Mrs Jenny Montgomery, acting head of College, adds: “We are delighted to welcome David back to Robert Gordon’s College. He has been a great ambassador for the school and it has been very obvious that he has really inspired pupils every time that he has visited us. We feel very privileged to have had such a long and close relationship with David and his swimming career, and we wish him all the best with his plans for the future.”
Deputy head, Mike Elder, commented: “David has a very special relationship with RGC. Over the years, he has supported a wide range of school activities, including being interviewed by our pupils for the BBC News School Report project. We were thrilled when the pipe band was asked to play at David and Keri-anne’s wedding, and it is typical of David that he wanted to come back to the College to say ‘Thank you’ in person. The donation of his Olympic swimming cap is a very generous and much appreciated act.”
0930 Wednesday 10th October 2012, MacRobert Hall, Robert Gordon’s College, Schoolhill. By prior arrangement with Shelley Lee, RGC, 01224 611239.