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Friday, 01 August 2014

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Dame Kelly Holmes praises Cumbrian athlete Abbie Hetherington

Wigton's Abbie Hetherington was selected by double Olympic champion Dame Kelly Holmes to take part in the ‘Future Stars with Kelly’ Education Day at Loughborough College.

Abbie Hetherington photo
Abbie Hetherington

Abbie attended the event along with her mother and coach.

She was invited to the prestigious event as a result of her outstanding performance at the Aviva English Schools Championships this summer.

A total of 65 athletes, 45 coaches and 70 parents from across the UK took part in the proceedings which aimed to educate them about making a successful transition from junior to senior athletics through a variety of workshops.

The athletes were put through their paces by Dame Kelly herself in tough training sessions and took part in workshops on topics such as anti-doping and injury prevention.

There were also specific workshops for coaches and parents to assist them in the support of their athletes.

Dame Kelly said: “The ‘Future Stars with Kelly’ Education Day was a great success. We had a brilliant turn out of athletes, coaches and parents and I hope they’ve all learnt something.

“Abbie really got stuck in and applied herself well in all the workshops. I hope the day has taught the ‘Future Stars’ how to overcome challenging situations that they may face both in and away from athletics during their teenage transition from junior to senior athletics.”

The Aviva sponsored ‘On Camp with Kelly’ athletes, who have already been successful in making this vital transition, were on hand to lead the ‘Future Stars’ and answer any questions.

Later in the day all participants were welcomed to a Q&A session with Hannah England, World Championships 1,500m silver medallist, and Emma Jackson, World Championships 800m semi- finalist, both ‘On Camp with Kelly’ athletes.

Abbie said: “I was really excited when I found out I had been selected for ‘Future Stars’. I learned lots from the female athlete triad session which was a workshop specific to female athletes to teach them the importance of good nutrition and injury prevention.”

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