The head of Macleans College in Auckland says the gold-medal win by Valerie Adams at the Commonwealth Games will inspire the students she used to work with.
The New Zealand shot putter was an assistant sports co-ordinator at the school for a number of years.
Adams, 26, set a new Commonwealth mark of 20.47 metres on her first attempt.
She also threw the shot over 20 metres on her next five throws to comfortably defend her title.
Principal Byron Bentley says Adams has kept up her association with the college, training at its gym since winning gold at the Beijing Olympics in 2008.
He says many Macleans students watched her performance in Delhi, where she successfully defended her title and broke the Games record.
Mr Bentley says Adams is extremely popular with students for her humble approach and willingness to lend a hand.