Sunday 23rd May, as part of The Harpur Trust Fun and Run Day, members from the Putnoe Scout Group were delighted to meet their old member, Olympic Gold Medallist Tim Foster.
In 1984, a young Tim Foster belonged to what was then, the 20th Beds Scout Group, now part of the Putnoe Scout Group, where he earned his Gold Chief Scout Award. His name was added to the Award Board at that time and still hangs in one of the Putnoe Scout hut to this day.
After achieving his Gold with the Scouts, Tim went on to win Gold at the Sydney 2000 Olympics with Sir Steve Redgrave, Matthew Pinsent, and James Cracknell as a member of the Coxless Fours.
As part of the event, Tim signed the board next to his original name. He also took the time to chat to the Beavers, Cubs, and Scout who had come along to meet him and talked to them about winning his Gold Medal which some were lucky enough to wear.
Group Scout Leader Michelle Davis then presented Tim with a special honorary Necker.
Tim said,’ it is fantastic to see the group thriving 30 years on. I have some incredibly happy memories of being part of the Scouts and remember my time there very fondly.’ Tim added, ‘It is such a pleasure to meet the next generation of Putnoe Scouts who will, no doubt, go on to great things themselves.’
Michelle said, ‘ we are truly privileged to have such a fantastic and inspirational ex-member. The boys and girls were honoured to meet him; after all, it’s not every day you get to wear a real Olympic Gold Medal! ‘