John Fisher Olympians

Walter D'Hondt

1956 Melbourne Olympic Gold Medal
1960 Rome Olympic Silver Medal
1958 Commonwealth Games Gold & Silver Medals

Walter D’Hondt was a pupil at the John Fisher School from 1952 – 1953. He competed for Canada in the 1956 Summer Olympic Games in Melbourne where he won a Gold Medal in the ‘coxless fours’ - achieving the largest victory margin of any crew in the modern games, and in the 1960 Summer Olympic Games where he won a Silver Medal in the ‘eights’.

Walter also competed in the 1958 Commonwealth Games in Cardiff and won a Gold Medal in the ‘coxed fours’ and a Silver Medal in the ‘eights’.

In 1959 Walter D’Hondt was inducted into the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame.

The 1956 Gold Medal Four - Don Arnold, Walter d'Hondt, Lorne Loomer,
and Archie MacKinnon

Martyn Rooney

2005 World Champs Relay finalist
2008 Beijing Olympics 400m & Relay finalist
2009 World Champs Relay Silver Medal
2010 European Champs 400m Bronze & Relay Silver
2012 Olympics Relay finalist
2013 World Champs Relay finalist
2014 European Champs 400m & Relay Gold Medals
2015 World Champs Relay Bronze Medal

Martyn was a pupil at The John Fisher School from 1998 – 2005 and competed for Great Britain in the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. He reached the 400 metre final and also finished fourth in the 4×400 metres relay. In the 2012 London Olympic Games Martyn was part of the GB 4x400m relay team which narrowly missed out on a medal - finishing  in fourth place.

At the 2009 World Championships in Athletics he won a Silver Medal with the Great Britain 4×400 metres relay team. At the 2010 European Championships in Barcelona Martyn won Bronze Medals in the 400 metres and the 4x400 metres. At the European Championship in Zurich Martyn won the Gold Medal, his first in a major championships.