A student at Bedminster Down School has been making the headlines in more ways than one.
Fourteen-year-old Zakoor, a refugee who fled Afghanistan at the age of ten, is a great sportsman and has broken school records for sprinting and shot putt.
His success was featured on local TV and caught the attention of retired RAF engineer Chris Reynolds, who attended Bedminster Down School more than 50 years ago.
Chris heard that Zakoor, who lives with a foster family, had ambitions to be a pilot, so he offered the teenager a flight in his light aircraft.
Zakoor’s first time in the air - he came to the UK in the back of a lorry - was also captured by BBC Points West, as was Chris’s first return visit to the school he left in 1967.
Dan Goater, PE teacher, said Zakoor was a brilliant sportsman who showed great resilience. “He is an inspiration and a pleasure to teach,” he said.
Pictures: BBC West
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