Teacher Anthony finds fast track to success.Anthony Hamilton Anthony Hamilton may refer to:
`I have been humbled by some of the athletes I have met. They make you realise how lucky you are'
By Clare McVey
STEPPING OUT... marathon man Anthony Hamilton practises his running in the grounds of Lordswood Boys' School PICTURES BY: Ed Maynard
IN CHARGE... Anthony in his role as geography teacher
ANTHONY Hamilton is proud of what he has achieved in his life so far.
At the age of 29 he has a world record under his belt and has risen to head a department at a comprehensive school.
But Anthony's achievements are all the more amazing a·maze
v. a·mazed, a·maz·ing, a·maz·es
1. To affect with great wonder; astonish. See Synonyms at surprise.
2. Obsolete To bewilder; perplex.
v.intr. when you discover he's partially-sighted.
A former pupil of Exhall Grange School Exhall Grange School and Science College is a special school. It is situated in Ash Green in the north of Coventry, England, although, its catchment area is the part of Warwickshire that includes Bedworth and Nuneaton. for the disabled in Coventry, Anthony was born with a genetic disorder that affected his eyesight eye·sight
1. The faculty of sight; vision.
2. Range of vision; view. .
But he didn't let that stop him becoming a Paralympic runner with two gold medals. Nor did it stop him becoming a senior teacher in an inner-city comprehensive.
While his parents both had perfect eyesight Anthony inherited nystagmus Nystagmus Definition
Rhythmic, oscillating motions of the eyes are called nystagmus. The to-and-fro motion is generally involuntary. Vertical nystagmus occurs much less frequently than horizontal nystagmus and is often, but not necessarily, a sign of from his grandfather. The condition skipped a generation but also affected his elder brother, Andrew.
The disability means that his vision is blurred and fuzzy beyond a few metres, so he is not able to drive. Glasses have helped him to a certain extent but no corrective surgery or treatment is yet available.
Going to an ordinary state school would have been a problem as he could not have read what was written on the board. So Anthony came from Aylesbury in Buckinghamshire to board at Exhall Grange.
He still has connections with the school as his wife Susan, aged 33, works as a physiotherapy assistant there.
He believes it was his eight years at the recently nominated beacon school Beacon School was a government designation awarded to outstanding primary and secondary schools in England and Wales from 1998 to August 2005. The Beacon Schools programme identified schools that were examples of good practice and funded those schools to enable them to build that set him up for life. Not surprisingly, Anthony is himself held up as a beacon at Exhall, which has 190 pupils.
Sheila Carey, head of sports at Exhall, said: "Anthony is one of our hall of fame at the school. He is one of a number of former pupils who act as real role models for our children."
Anthony said: "All the students at Exhall were really encouraged to achieve their full potential. No-one was allowed to slack off because of their disability.
"In some ways I think we were pushed harder than many ordinary children. We were told we could achieve the good results the school had a reputation for.
"We were encouraged to take part in sports and athletics and there were lots of opportunities with after-school clubs.
"It gave me a real launch pad for everything I've gone on to do."
Indeed, in 1988, the year he gained three A-levels, Anthony represented Britain at the Seoul Paralympics. He came back with gold medals in the 800m and 1500m - breaking the world record for the latter.
He followed this up four years later by bringing home bronze from Barcelona, for the 1500m.
Earlier on this year he ran his first London First London is one of many operators of London Buses and owned by First Group. Their registered office is at Paddington station in London. Company history
First entered bus operations in London in 1997 after acquiring First CentreWest and First Capital in 1998. Marathon and now has his sights set on the New York New York, state, United States
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He says he rarely has a problem bumping into things when he's running because he sticks to familiar routes.
He said: "The only time I have a problem when I'm running is if I'm confidently pounding a familiar route and then suddenly someone has dug up the pavement or left a gate open. Then I might come a cropper CROPPER, contracts. One who, having no interest in the land, works it in consideration of receiving a portion of the crop for his labor. 2 Rawle, R. 12. ."
After his first teaching job at The Woodlands school There is a number of schools called Woodlands School or similar names:
Anthony said that, although as a child he couldn't attend an ordinary comprehensive, he has no problem teaching in one. In fact, what the young teacher achieved on the running track he has mimicked in the classroom.
When he arrived at the 670-pupil school 18 months ago the percentage of students achieving GCSE GCSE
1. (in Britain) General Certificate of Secondary Education; an examination in specified subjects which replaced the GCE O level and CSE
2. Informal a pass in a GCSE examination
Noun 1. grades A* to C in geography was 20 per cent. This year that figure had shot up to 67 per cent.
Head teacher John Gardner
John Champlin Gardner, Jr. (July 21, 1933 – September 14, 1982) was an American novelist and university teacher. said: "Anthony has worked very hard to improve the standards of achievement in geography. The boys very much enjoy his lessons. He doesn't talk about his sporting achievements much but I think they are aware of them."
Anthony is now pounding the streets near his home in Coventry in preparation for his next challenge.
He is hoping his to raise around pounds 3,000 in for the Spinal Injuries Association when he runs in New York on November 1.
He said he was drawn to their work by some of the people he met at the Paralympics. He saw how the organisation had helped people adjust - and achieve so much - after suffering paralysing injuries.
He said: "I am trying to do something to make a difference to other people's lives. But I have been humbled by some of the athletes I have met. They make you realise how lucky you are."
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