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The Fastest Man on the Planet - Secondary Assembly Resources

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Script to introduce Film - Usain Bolt's favourite teacher

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Usain Bolt is the fastest man in the world and won two gold medals at the Beijing Olympics in 2008. He can run 100m in 9.58 seconds - that's faster than most cars.

For Usain the long road to Olympic glory began well before the finish line in Beijing.

His athletic talents were spotted by his PE teacher at school in Jamaica. He originally wanted to be a cricketer but was persuaded to switch to athletics at secondary school.

William Knibb is an ordinary Jamaican high school. Pupils still train on the dusty athletics track that Usain used at school.

The school doesn't have lots of sports facilities but it more than makes up for this in attitude. And one of the most important people responsible for the pupils' commitment and attitude is Usain's PE teacher, Lorna Thorpe.

Lorna helped to instil a sense of passion, confidence and discipline in Usain. The passion to want to be better, the confidence to believe that you can be better and the discipline to keep working hard and become better.

The fact Usain has made it to where he is today helps to inspire another generation of young Jamaicans.

This film visits William Knibb School to meet his teacher and find out how Usain's achievements are inspiring a new generation of pupils.


Find out about the Lightning Bolt's school days. Duration 3,40.

Secondary Discussion Prompts

What has Usain achieved?

Ms Thorpe says that teaching is her passion. Would you rather be an inspirational teacher or an Olympic athlete? Email your school's answer to

What are his school's sports facilities like?

Which teacher does Usain talk about being inspired and supported by?

What do the pupils she trains say about her?

How does she make a difference to the pupils she trains?

How can your teachers help support you to do your best?

Usain Bolt's passion is running, Lorna Thorpe's passion is teaching. What is your passion?

Secondary Assembly questions

Ask the assembly these questions and let us know your school's answer.

Ms Thorpe says that teaching is her passion. Would you rather be an inspirational teacher or an Olympic athlete?

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