Rio Olympians inspire 400 girls from across the UK

Rio 2016 Olympians have addressed an audience of over 400 girls at the annual Girls’ Schools Association Girls Go Gold event, this year organised and hosted by Newcastle High School for Girls.

Gold medallist Alex Danson (hockey), Paralympian gold medallist Dame Sara Storey (cyclist), and bronze medallist Amy Tinkler (gymnastics) were the highlights of the one-day event which also featured seminars, workshops and lectures for keen young sportswomen as well as those interested in pursuing a non-competitive career in the field of sport.

Four hundred girls from Girls’ Schools Association schools across the UK attended together with girls from 14 North East state and independent schools.

The aim of the conference is to provide girls with an insight into the world of high level and competitive sports, to equip them with the knowledge and inspiration to continue to train hard and achieve their own personal goals, and also to discover the range of career opportunities within the field of sport.

Professional tennis star, Annabel Croft, compered the day’s events which opened with a keynote speech from the Olympians followed by a series of workshops and seminars including:

  • Expert advice and information on nutrition, psychology, strength and conditioning and performance analysis.
  • Discussion topics –
    o sports medicine with Dr Graeme Wilkes, GB Olympics doctor
    o sports science and research with Emma Stevenson, Newcastle University
  • Basketball and volleyball coaching sessions with top coaches from Newcastle and Northumbria universities.

Former Newcastle High School for Girls pupil, Bethany Gill, also attended the event. Bethany transferred from playing Hockey for Scotland to canoeing and is now ranked 8th in the world and is tipped for the Tokyo Olympics.

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