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Jehue Gordon's school - Queen's Royal College, Trinidad and Tobago

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

Queen's Royal College

Queen's Royal College (QRC) is one of the oldest and best known secondary schools in Trinidad and Tobago.

Trinidad and Tonago map
Students - 700, ages 11 to 19
Teachers - 56
Where in the world? Port of Spain, Trindad
Languages - English and Spanish

Famous former pupils include the Nobel Prize winning author VS Naipul, Olympic medallists Wendell Mottley, Richard Thompson and Marc Burns, along with numerous entrepreneurs and politicians, including the country's current President, George Maxwell Richards.

The school is academically selective and does not charge fees to its 700 students. Pupils are generally high achievers and many go on to university at home and abroad.

QRC is proud of its majestic buildings and the surroundings provide an inspirational backdrop to students' academic, sporting and musical development.

Early QRC memories

When he first joined the school, Jehue remembers feeling anxious and in awe of his new surroundings, but he soon settled in and took advantage of the support and facilities now available to him.

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Jehue managed to successfully combine sporting achievements with hard work in class
Wayne Marcano, head of athletics

Jehue reflects that his transfer to QRC increased his media exposure and he gained valuable experience through competing at the prestigious Penn Relay games in the USA in 2009.

The hurdler exploited the opportunities offered to realise his potential, but his head of athletics, Mr Marcano, remarks that that his talent was combined with a humble attitude and a single-minded determination to improve.

Away from the track, he is remembered as polite and unassuming, and Jehue's willingness to learn and strong academic record marked him out as one the the school's well-rounded students.

Sporting prowess

Jehue Gordon
At QRC I got more media exposure and with the school's support, I competed at the Penn Relay Games for the first time in 2009

QRC boys are encouraged to carry on the school's sporting tradition by playing football, cricket and taking part in track athletics.

Former students often return to the school to pass on their training and competition experiences. With cricketers as well as track stars amongst the school's alumni, pupils have plenty of sporting role models.

Get set for London 2012

Pupils are already excited about 2012 and as it approaches they will be researching athletes' stories and keeping up to date with their form and progress.

Jehue would like to encourage current pupils to achieve their goals and says that "nothing in life is easy, you need to work hard for everything and don't ever tell yourself you can't do anything because you will never know unless you try."

World Olympic Dreams

Jehue 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
London calling for young hurdler
06 Aug 10 |  World Olympic Dreams
The obstacles facing hurdler Gordon
05 Aug 10 |  World Olympic Dreams
Tom Daley introduces World Class 2012
27 Jul 10 |  World Olympic Dreams

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