Gymnast Adam Cox proves he is a class act

Schoolteacher Adam Cox will be showing off his medal to his pupils. Photograph: Jeff Holmes

Schoolteacher Adam Cox will be showing off his medal to his pupils. Photograph: Jeff Holmes

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Primary school teacher Adam Cox will have something extra special to show his students when he returns to work for the new term after winning Commonwealth silver.

Cox is a physical education teacher across a number of schools in the West Lothian area who came out of retirement in order to challenge for Glasgow honours.

His local council allowed him the time away from work to train back up to the standard which took him to Melbourne in 2006, and the hard work paid off when he and his team-mates finished second to England in the men’s artistic team competition. Until now the 27-year-old had been trying to convert his students to gymnastics through a series of blogs, but now has something more tangible to show off when he returns to the classroom.

“The kids will love this,” he said, pointing at the medal hanging around his neck. “I have been working really hard to show them what gymnastics is. I have been doing a video blog over the last two years showing them the highs and lows of competitive sport.

“I’ve been showing them what you have to put your body through to be successful. This medal will beat any of that, that’s for sure.”