In the year of the 2012 London Summer Games, we highlighted two former John Fisher pupils who took part in Summer Olympic Games of the modern era.
1956 Summer Olympics in Melbourne – Gold Medalist
1960 Summer Olympics in Rome – Silver Medalist
The 1956 Gold Medal Four - Don Arnold, Walter d'Hondt, Lorne Loomer, and Archie MacKinnon
Walter D’Hondt was a pupil at the John Fisher School from 1952 – 1953. He competed for Canada in the 1956 Summer Olympic Games in Melbourne where he won a Gold Medal in the ‘coxless fours’ - achieving the largest victory margin of any crew in the modern games, and in the 1960 Summer Olympic Games where he won a Silver Medal in the ‘eights’.
Walter also competed in the 1958 Commonwealth Games in Cardiff and won a Gold Medal in the ‘coxed fours’ and a Silver Medal in the ‘eights’.
In 1959 Walter D’Hondt was inducted into the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame.
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2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing – 400m & 4x400m Finalist
2012 Summer Olympics in London - 4x400m Finalist
Martyn was a pupil at The John Fisher School from 1998 – 2005 and competed for Great Britain in the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. He reached the 400 metre final and also finished fourth in the 4×400 metres relay. In the 2012 London Olympic Games Martyn was part of the GB 4x400m relay team which narrowly missed out on a medal - finishing in fourth place.
At the 2009 World Championships in Athletics he won a Silver Medal with the Great Britain 4×400 metres relay team. At the 2010 European Championships in Barcelona Martyn won Bronze Medals in the 400 metres and the 4x400 metres. At the European Championship in Zurich Martyn won the Gold Medal, his first in a major championships.
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