Rio Paralympian, Curtis Thom, visited West Credit Secondary School students and staff on Thursday, September 22nd. Curtis graduated from WCSS in 2005. Word spread quickly through the school as he made his way along the hallways of his alma mater, and staff who remembered him well were popping out of classrooms to offer congratulations and to introduce him to their classes.
Curtis is already a member of West Credit’s Hall of Fame, having been inducted back in 2008. His portrait hangs in the "honours alcove" outside the main office. That’s where, during his visit on Thursday, he met Craig Caslick, the current principal, who pointed out that the inscription below his photo definitely needs to be updated to read, "Three-time Paralympian and Bronze Medalist"!
Curtis competed in the 2004 Athens Paralympics while still a student at West Credit, coming in 16th in the Men’s 800 metre, 4th in the 4 x 10 metre Relay, and 8th in the 4 x 400 metre Relay. In 2012 he competed in the London Paralympics, coming in 9th in the 400 metre, 6th in the 100 metre, and 5th in the 4 x 400 metre Relay.
This time, in the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Paralympics, Curtis outdid himself, winning a Bronze Medal in the Men's 4 x 400 metre Relay!
West Credit is deep in the planning stages of its 31st Anniversary Reunion which will be held on Saturday, May 13th. Organizers are hoping that Curtis’ busy spring training and competition schedule will allow him to make a short guest appearance at the school on the big day! Fingers are definitely crossed!
Find out more about Curtis Thom by visiting his website at: http://www.wheelzontheline.com.
Details concerning West Credit’s Reunion 2017 can be found here:http://westcreditreunion.wixsite.com/reunion.