Supersport star Irwin goes back to old school

Glenn Irwin (right) presents a signed photo to Larne Grammar PE teacher, Mr. Lowe. INLT 42-926-CON

Glenn Irwin (right) presents a signed photo to Larne Grammar PE teacher, Mr. Lowe. INLT 42-926-CON

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British Supersport star Glenn Irwin made a flying visit to Larne Grammar School this week to present a signed photo for the PE Department’s Wall of Fame.

The Carrick-based rider, who currently sits fourth in the British Supersport standings for 2014, said: “There were guys in my class who wanted to be doctors and lawyers but all I ever wanted to do was race.”

Irwin left school at 16 and completed an apprenticeship as a Refrigeration Engineer.

It was in motorbike racing, however, that he truly began to excel. Now the 24-year-old has a number of British Supersport wins under his belt and has ambitions of competing on the world stage. “Hopefully I’ll get another year’s worth of experience before I look at moving to the worlds,” he told the school’s website.

Irwin said his education has helped his sporting career. “I have to meet a lot of potential sponsors all the time,” he said. “The skills of communicating with people, as well as the basic manners school teaches you, are vital to doing this well.”

Everyone at Larne Grammar would like to wish Glenn the very best for the rest of this Supersport season.