Elite Athletes Go Gold
Thursday, 24 September 2015
Thirteen athletes from Bolton School Girls' Division enjoyed this year's Girls Go Gold Sports Conference, which was held at Headington School, Oxford. The event, which Bolton School hosted last year, is attended by Able and Talented sportswomen from across the country.
The girls met the Olympic gold medallist Skeleton Racer Amy Williams; Sally Gunnell, the 400m Hurdles gold medal winner at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics; and emerging Heptathlete, Katrina Johnson Thompson. They enjoyed attending workshops on developing self-confidence in sport, career opportunities in sport off the pitch, a session on sports nutrition, the importance of core training and even had an Olympic rowing session with GB rower Katie Greves. They also attended the Sports Science Centre at Oxford Brookes University where they had a session on ergometers in the Sports Lab and worked out their VO2 max - the maximum or optimum rate at which the heart, lungs, and muscles can effectively use oxygen during exercise.
Head of Sport, Mrs Kathryn Heatherington, said: "These events provide a great opportunity for girls to learn about a wide range of issues affecting the modern day sportswoman. As ever, it was a very interesting and informative day that the girls took a full and active part in."