Barclay creates GHS buzz

Gore High School rector Ian Crosbie admits a week on from Aaron Barclay's stunning success at the Youth Olympics in Singapore there is still a buzz around the school.

The Gore High deputy head boy fended off the challenge of some of the best youngsters in the world to win gold in the triathlon.

News filtered through quickly to staff and fellow pupils on Monday that Barclay had one gold and he since has been the talk of the school.

"We have a motto at school, that is `no reward without effort' and he is living that at the moment," Crosbie said.

"It isn't a fluke that he has done what he has done. He has set goals and worked really hard."

The rector said Barclay was a ideal role model for younger pupils at the school.

The boy from Riversdale, who is headboy at the school's hostel, is expected to return to Gore High School on September 20.

Following the Youth Olympics, where he also picked up silver in the teams event, Barclay will head to Budepest for the world junior triathlon championships.

For Gore High School it has been a golden month on the sporting front, with the school's rugby team also making impressive strides in this year's Highlanders first XV competition.

"I'm extremely proud of them too," Crosbie said.

The Gore High first XV will play St Andrews College in the South Island co-educational schools final in Gore on Saturday.

The Southland Times