Olympics can be inspiration, says Newbattle’s Bob

NEWBATTLE: Bob Foley with 1972 Olympic kit at Newbattle Community High School, PE dept.
NEWBATTLE: Bob Foley with 1972 Olympic kit at Newbattle Community High School, PE dept.

A teenager’s Olympic dream has become a fulfilling career.

His epiphany came on the streets of a German town 40 years ago.

Today, Bob Foley is head of physical education at Newbattle Community High School, but at the 1972 Olympics in Munich, he was a 16-year-old international canoeist.

When the flame enters the Olympic Stadium in London on Friday, the 56-year-old may reflect on the moment that helped change the course of his life.

He said: “I can still remember sitting with thousands of people in a square in Augsburg in 1972 and seeing a boy in his shorts and vest running along the street, holding the Olympic torch.

“The German people were so proud, and this is such a powerful image in my mind.

“A few weeks ago, I went with my wife to see the torch go through Edinburgh, and as I stood on King George IV Bridge, I got quite emotional.”

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