Chandler Ford School student meets MP a decade after handing him the latte on a race track
A SCHOOL student was thrilled to reunite with an old friend 10 years after they first met on the race track.
Winchester MP Steve Brine bumped into teenager Sam Mballa during his recent visit to Toynbee School in Chandler’s Ford.
The politician was there to see longtime principal Matthew Longden and talk about issues including Covid recovery, the recent schools white paper and Toynbee’s continuous improvement.
However, he also met 17-year-old Sam, who will leave school this year to go to university.
They first met in 2012 at an event to celebrate the 2012 Olympics and Paralympics when seven-year-old Sam presented the latte to his MP during a special Track2Track relay held on the Winchester and District Athletic Club running track at Bar End.
Steve said: “It was so great to see Sam again who has grown into a beautiful young man. His parents and the school are rightly extremely proud. He is now taller than me!
Steve also praised the work of the school and its principal.
Steve said: “Matthew is one of only two leaders who have been in the job longer than I have been an MP and what a job he does at Toynbee. It’s an absolutely top notch school these days that any parent would be delighted where to send their children.
“I visit so many schools as part of my job and you can tell a well-run institution if you spend time there by simply meeting the staff and students and getting a feel for the place. Toynbee offers a superb all round education for young people in this part of Hampshire and I always very much enjoy my visits there.”
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