A teacher and top runner from Nigeria who came to West Norfolk to inspire maths students is looking forward to an addition to his family.
Sylvester Juwe was working temporarily at a school in March when he saw an advertisement for the position of Head of Maths at King’s Lynn Academy.
He said: “I came to see the school and found the ideology and ethos were what I wanted. I believe there is no limit to learning and you keep learning every day.
“I decided it was the right place for me.”
He joined the academy in April and said: “I have been enjoying my time here and have a very supportive team around me.”
Mr Juwe, 35, now lives in Lynn with his Canadian wife, Melody, 29. He said: “People have been very welcoming.”
The couple are expecting their first child in February. “The baby will be born here. I’m very excited,” he said.
Mr Juwe is a highly-ranked athlete in Nigeria and came close to competing in the 2012 London Olympics.
He was forced to pull out due tosickness but said: “I had the chance to take part in a demonstration 4x4 relay and saw some people I regard as idols. Actually being there was an achievement for me.”
He is now in training for the 400m and 4x4 relay in the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
His greatest sporting inspiration is former British runner Derek Redmond. At the Barcelona Olympics in 1992, Derek suffered a torn hamstring in the 400m semi-final but memorably finished the last lap supported by his father.
In maths, Mr Juwe said he believes the subject can teach lessons for life.
“I believe strongly that mathematics develops the minds of student to be able to solve problems in life,” he said.
Determination and creative thinking were key skills.
He also hopes to help other schools in the Lynn area improve mathematical standards.
London-born Mr Juwe was brought up in Nigeria.
After, university and working as a teacher for a few years, he returned to the UK to complete his teacher training and study for a maths degree at Cambridge University.