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Leigh Cann is a PE teacher at King John School in Thundersley, Essex

 

What school (s) did you go to?

 

Kingswood Infant and Junior School in Basildon and St Martin’s School in Brentwood.  

 

What are your earliest sporting memory?

 

Winning the three-legged race every year in primary school. It was a real traditional sports day with events such as egg and spoon, dressing-up race and the grand finale of the slow bicycle race. I also remember the district sports being cancelled every year due to teacher strikes when I was in junior school.  My junior school was always really good at sport and it was a shame we never got to compete.

 

Who were your sporting heroes growing up?

 

My stand out one would be Daley Thompson. He was the first athlete I can remember seeing on TV and loved the battles he always had with Jurgen Hingsen and Christian Schenk.

 

What are your best and worst sporting memories of school?

 

My best memory was off-site cross country and my worst memory was hockey on grass.

 

Can you recall a memorable sporting teacher?

 

I would have to say Mrs Leggitt as it was a great name for a PE teacher.

 

What sports do you play these days?

 

I retired from netball last season but still train for athletics (although it takes me three days to recover from a session these days). I coach at the local club and try to join in sessions when I can.  

 

In what other ways do you stay healthy?

 

I look after two children and I’ve just started getting into Bootcamp sessions.  

 

What is your favourite sporting memory?

 

Even though it was only two years ago, the London Olympics was by far the best event I have ever watched. The way that the nation reacted and supported all of the events was amazing. I was really dubious about how we would cope and whether the country would get behind it but the crowds at every event were fantastic. We should definitely host it again.

 

What’s been your most embarrassing sporting moment?

 

Whilst leading a hurdles race (by quite some distance I may add) tripping over nothing on the run in to the finish line and falling flat on my face. I obviously faked an injury but it was really just hurt pride.

 

What are your biggest sporting bugbears?

 

When people say they can’t run. Everyone can. It’s just about pacing yourself.

 

When was the last time you cried at a sporting event?

 

London 2012 (and I still do whenever I watch it on DVD) - particularly Super Saturday and when the rowers apologised for not winning.

 

Which three sports people would you like to have around for dinner and why?

 

Daley Thompson as he was the reason I joined my local athletics club and I’d like to find out what he was really like. David Beckham to find out if he really is Mr Nice Guy and Florence Griffths–Joyner to discuss nail varnish and the truth about her 10.49 world record as no-one has ever got near this record and it was set in 1988.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MY SPORTING LIFE