26 June, 2013

Katherine Grainger leads Rowing Masterclass for Rising Stars

New Jaguar Academy of Sport Ambassador Olympic Champion Katherine Grainger re-lived her amazing London 2012 Olympic experience at the Talent Day for the Mentoring and Education Programme on Tuesday 25 June.


The scene where Katherine won Gold with her partner Anna Watkins at London 2012 - Dorney Lake was the special venue for the event, delivered by Kelly Holmes Education.

All the Rising Stars had the opportunity to train on the lake with world-class rowers including Katherine, Sarah Winckless and Toby Garbett. The Rising Stars also took part in a selection of workshops working with Academy Ambassadors Colin Jackson and David Roberts, which focussed on moving into world-class sport.

Rising Star William Deary, a fencer from Truro, Cornwall recently won the men's sabre competition at the British Youth Fencing Championships for the fourth time.

He commented: "I've had a great day with the Jaguar Academy of Sport, I've really enjoyed rowing with British sporting greats. There have been some truly inspirational people here today who I've thoroughly enjoyed meeting and listening to their advice."


The tutors included Paul Thompson, GB Rowing Coach and a panel of National Governing Body representatives from the Talent Development teams at British Cycling, British Rowing and UK Athletics. There were also mentoring sessions with the Rising Stars divided into their new teams for this year, with their mentors before they took part in a Rowing competition to secure points for their team in the overall standings.

Dorney Lake host to the Samsung World Rowing Cup last weekend, saw the highest number of British rowers ever in a World Cup with 76 rowers in 29 boats;
Jaguar Academy Rising Star James Fox competed in the event, winning Gold with the mixed coxed four in the Para-Rowing beating Ukraine.

Katherine Grainger, Jaguar Academy of Sport Ambassador said:

"I'm delighted to be appointed as an Ambassador for the Jaguar Academy of Sport; it's a fantastic programme and a real honour to be involved with. I've really enjoyed the Talent Day at Dorney Lake, the venue certainly bought back a lot of great memories. It's been inspiring to see so many talented youngsters on the water and the rowers have huge potential. I look forward to seeing them competing at a world class level in the near future."

Dame Kelly, Jaguar Academy of Sport Patron said:

"It's been another fantastic Talent Day providing, for many of the Rising Stars, a once in a lifetime opportunity to get on the water at Dorney Lake with some of Britain's best rowers. The mentoring side of the Academy is so important and the team and I are dedicated to delivering a programme which provides all the Rising Stars with the educational support they need to be the best."

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