Katherine Grainger will today come face to face with the man who began her career in sport – in the unusual context of the Olympic Torch Relay. The rower, who is aiming for a gold medal in London to add to the silvers she won at the three previous Games, will be back in her home town of Glasgow to take part in the relay, and will receive the flame from Ken Davis, one of her former teachers.
Davis taught Grainger art at Bearsden Academy, but he also taught her karate, the sport in which she specialised until switching to rowing at university. When invited to nominate someone to carry the torch, the 36-year-old had no hesitation in choosing him.
“My journey towards becoming a three-time Olympic silver medallist didn’t start with a boat or paddles,” she said. “Strangely it started at Bearsden Academy where I was taught karate by Ken, or Mr Davis as he was then.
See below for some pictures of the day taken by club member Colin Bell