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Usain Bolt's schools - Jamaica

World Class 2012 in partnership with the British Council bring you the stories of the schools where the dreams begin.

Usain Bolt at Beijing 2008

Superstar sprinter Usain Bolt took Beijing 2008 by storm, winning three gold medals in the 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay.

Nicknamed 'Lightning Bolt' because of his incredible speed, Usain went to primary and secondary school in Trelawny parish, Jamaica.


Usain Bolt reflects on his childhood

Usain's schools

Waldensia Primary School

The sprinter has certainly stayed true to the school's motto of 'Higher heights for all' and Usain's success has been incredibly motivating for the school's 90 pupils.

Waldensia Primary doesn't only turn out top class athletes like Usain, they also excel academically and former students include doctors, lawyers and meteorologists.

Usain's success motivates students to work hard and reach for the stars - they want to be just like him
Mamra Flash, head teacher

The school's current stars includes a spelling bee champion.

They're also proud of their dedicated football, cricket and netball teams who achieve sporting success despite training on a sloping playing field.

Find out how Usain's success has benefited the school and more about Waldensia Primary.


William Knibb Memorial High School

Break time at William Knibb
The teenage Usain was an athlete with ungainly form and uncommon speed. We've followed his meteoric rise every step of the way
Lorna Thorpe, teacher

Usain's international athletics career took off whilst at William Knibb when he won gold at the 2002 World Junior Championships.

The triple Olympic gold medallist's success has translated into improved resources for the school and its 1187 pupils.

The school is proud of pupils who overcome the challenges of growing up in Jamaica and go on to bright futures.

Find out about the school's track superstars and see the dusty track where Usain learned to sprint.


World Olympic Dreams

Usain is one of the athletes being tracked as London 2012 approaches and they strive to make their Olympic dreams a reality.



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see also
Discovering the source of the lightning Bolt
10 Aug 10 |  World Olympic Dreams
Usain Bolt reflects on his childhood
26 Jul 10 |  World Olympic Dreams
Usain Bolt and those chicken nuggets in Beijing
26 Jul 10 |  World Olympic Dreams
Tom Daley introduces World Class 2012
27 Jul 10 |  World Olympic Dreams


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