TRIPLE Olympic champion row Andrew Triggs Hodge spoke to students and staff at an assembly at
TRIPLE Olympic champion row Andrew Triggs Hodge spoke to students and staff at an assembly at Reading Blue Coat School in Sonning. Triggs Hodge, who won his third gold medal in the men’s eight in Rio, said he was proud that Team GB had won 67 medals, including 27 golds, making it the first host country to increase its medal count at the following Games. He said: “People often ask me what it takes to be an Olympic champion. I have absolutely no idea. When it comes to training, you have to work hard — there’s no getting around that. The more you commit to something in life, the more you have to give up elsewhere — that’s the compromise you have to make. If you head into life with a good attitude you’ll break down barriers. If you’re part of a team and have the right attitude, you will unlock things about yourself. Working together, you’ll find the best options and if you commit to those options, you’ll find yourself excelling.” Triggs Hodge met students during their morning break, shaking their hands and having selfies taken. Blue Coat headmaster Jesse Elzinga said: “It was a joy to host a local Olympic hero. Andrew modestly brought only one of his medals but the boys were so excited to see it. I hope all the young people will learn from his inspiring words about hard work, attitude and teamwork”.