Olympians Inspire the Next Generation
Thursday, 13 September 2018
Junior and Senior Girls in Years 6 and 7 had the exciting opportunity to meet inspiring Olympians Beth Tweddle and Eilish McColgan. The two athletes were at Bolton School to give keynote speeches at the national Girls Go Gold conference, but also found time to address younger pupils.
Beth has represented Great Britain three times at the Olympic Games, winning bronze in front of a home crowd in 2012. She briefly recapped her career in gymnastics, touching on her bronze medal win at the European Championships in 2002 which helped to catapult her and the sport to fame. She ended by telling pupils that, if they have a dream, they can achieve it: it will take hard work and there may be ups and downs, but it is possible, as her career and Eilish’s demonstrate.
Eilish has also represented Great Britain at the Olympics in 2012 and 2016. She is a middle-distance runner who now competes in the 5,000 metres, which amounts to 12.5 laps of the track: a fact the girls were very impressed to learn! She talked about her career, which began with trying out many different sports within athletics, and the importance of bouncing back after failure and injury.
At the end of the session there was time for photos and both athletes allowed pupils to hold their medals. The girls were delighted and surprised to discover how heavy they were.
Meeting Beth and holding her Olympic bronze was particularly exciting and inspiring for young artistic gymnast Dinburgh Ai in Year 6. Dinburgh has won numerous medals in gymnastics over the past few years and was recently offered a place on the England squad for 2017-18.
Girls Go Gold is arranged in conjunction with the Girls’ School Association (GSA) and this year the northern event was hosted by Bolton School Girls’ Division. The conference allows elite athletes and pupils studying PE in Years 10-13 to meet and take part in a range of sessions to show where sport might take them. Read all about the 2018 event here.
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