The boys, girls and staff from St Mary’s, were delighted today to welcome Mr Gracie, (Ella’s Grandad), who competed at the 1952 Olympics in Helsinki.
He told us he became interested in running while at school, and as well as being a good runner, he then starting hurdling, winning lots of competitions including becoming Scottish Champion. Mr Gracie was selected for the Olympics, receiving a letter from the Duke of Edinburgh, and did so well he got to the semi-finals with a very impressive time of 52.4 seconds. To give you an idea of how well Mr Gracie did, the eventual winner of the bronze medal, Newzealander John Holland, had a time of 52.2 seconds!
Before Mr Gracie arrived to talk to us, the boys and girls in Primary 5/6 went outside to see what it felt like to do a 400 metre hurdle race. The four fastest children were timed and Niall was our ‘gold medal winner’ with a time of 1 minute 36 seconds.
Below is a news clip of some of the winners from the Helsinki Olympics:
A big THANK YOU to Mr Gracie, for taking the time to come and talk to us. I’m sure you will have inspired many of the boys and girls!