William runs from Holbeton to Harvard

By Chris Derrick in Education

AN EIGHTEEN-year-old who started his running career at Holbeton Primary School has won a prestigious place to study economics at Harvard University.

William Battershill, who grew up in Holbeton, was encouraged to join the lunchtime cross country club at the age of five, organised by teachers Mr Tucker and Mrs Moiser.

Young William soon developed a passion for the sport, winning the 2008 and 2009 Plymouth and West Devon Junior Schools Cross Country Competition.

‘The Holbeton School team won in 2008, 2009 and 2010, despite being a tiny school compared to their many rivals. Everyone is proud of our former pupil’s achievement,’ said chair of governors Shona Godefoy.

Long-legged William went on to Ivybridge Community College in 2010 and became Devon and Southwest Schools champion. He then ran for the English Schools national Cross Country team and the GB Juniors on the track at the 2015 World Youth Championships in Cali, Colombia.

His running and strong academic results attracted the attention of the Harvard track and field athletics coach, who contacted him and suggested he apply to Harvard.

William managed to win a coveted place along with a generous scholarship and he aims to keep on running.

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