Review of the year: August - Athletes going for gold

Review of the year: August - Athletes going for gold

Showjumping team Charlotte Dujardin, Carl Hester and Laura Bechtolsheimer after winning Olympic Gold

Wayne and Susan Parks

Alekya Kotta celebrating her nine A* and three A grades achieved at GCSE

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It was London's time to shine - and three Enfield athletes went for gold in the Olympics.

Enfield-born Charlotte Dujardin, 27, thanked her “lucky breeches” after bringing home two gold medals in the individual and team dressage with her faithful steed Valegro.

Ben Maher, 28, landed Britain its 17th gold medal for his part in the team showjumping, which marked the first British gold in the sport for 60 years.

He said: “It seems strange being an Olympic champion and I still don’t really believe it.

“My horse rose to the occasion and it is only just starting to sink in.”

High jumper Robbie Grabarz, 25, won a bronze medal for the borough after jumping 2.29metres in the competition.

Later in the month, a father was “fuming” after claiming a teacher slapped his six-year-old daughter Crystal in a classroom.

Wayne Parks, 30, who lives in Beaconsfield Road in Enfield Lock with his wife Susan, received a phone call from the primary school’s headteacher on the last day of term, explaining what had happened two days previously.

The father-of-two said: “I just couldn’t believe it. I was just fuming mad when I found out what happened.”

A statement from Enfield Borough Council confirmed the police were investigating an allegation of assault against the child.

It said it was co-operating with the police inquiry and claimed the safety and well being of pupils and staff in the borough’s schools are its “main priority”.

Enfield's students received their A-Level and GCSE results, with many results determining whether they would be accepted at college or university.

Alekya Kotta, 16, was celebrating after receiving the best results in Oasis Academy with nine A* and three A grades in her GCSEs.


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