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Paralympian gold medal winner visits former school


Neil Fachie, Paralympic gold medallist in cycling talked to 850 pupils at a series of assemblies at Oldmachar Academy this week.

Neil Fuchie with some of the pupils from Oldmacahar Academy. Neil, a former pupil at the school, talked to the young people about respecting differences and overcoming adversity to reach personal goals.

Neil, of Bridge of Don, set a new world record in the tandem blind and visually impaired one-kilometre time trial alongside his pilot Barney Storey to win gold at the Paralympic Games in London earlier this year.

A special stamp to celebrate Neil's success was issued and a post box in Aberdeen's Golden Square was painted gold to mark his achievements.

Oldmachar Academy headteacher Derek Brown said: "We are delighted that Neil was able to take time out of his busy schedule to come back to the school to speak to our pupils. He is well-remembered in the school and we are all very proud of him. The pupils and staff found Neil's presentations thought-provoking and inspirational."