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Abhinav Bindra, India

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

The Doon School is twinning with The Thomas Hardye School in Dorset; St Stephen's Chandigarh is twinning with Vale First and Middle School, Worthing
Abinhav Bindra

Abhinav is the World and Olympic champion in the 10 metre air rifle event.

The gold Abhinav achieved in Beijing 2008 was India's first ever individual Olympic Gold medal and catapulted him to fame across India.

Abhinav's schools

Abhinav studied at the all-boys, independent Doon School in Dehradun for two years before moving to the co-educational, St Stephen's School in Chandigarh, where he graduated in 2000.

The Doon School

Tom Burridge travelled to the Doon School for BBC World Class to find out how the school breeds success.


Indian shooter Bindra's sporting education

Sports team at St Stephen's School, 2010
Sports team at St. Stephen's School
An organised lad who focussed on the right things at the right time
Mr. Harold Carver, Principal

St. Stephen's School

'Semper Sursum' is the school's motto, meaning 'always aim higher', and in just under 30 years since the school was founded, St Stephen's are have already set the bar incredibly high.

As well as shooting, St Stephen's principal, Harold Carver, names over a dozen pupils who have competed at national level in football, cricket and tennis.

Find out more about St Stephen's School and how their football academy achieved success in the Manchester United Premier Cup.

World Olympic Dreams

Abhinav 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
Indian shooting star going for gold again
27 Aug 10 |  World Olympic Dreams
Tom Daley introduces World Class 2012
27 Jul 10 |  World Olympic Dreams

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