Marist girls meet Kelly Holmes

PUBLISHED: 14:10 23 October 2011 | UPDATED: 20:11 20 February 2013

Marist girls meet Kelly Holmes

Marist girls meet Kelly Holmes

Double gold Olympic medallist and sports personality, Dame Kelly Holmes DBE, inspired girls to 'go for gold' at a sports conference for schoolgirls.

Double gold Olympic medallist and sports personality Dame Kelly Holmes inspired girls to go for gold at a special sports conference for schoolgirls, including representatives from Marist Senior School in Sunninghill, Berkshire.

The national Girls Go Gold conference took place at Edgbaston High School for Girls and is an annual event organised by members of the Girls Schools Association (GSA).

Our photo shows, in the middle line, Hannah England, Dame Kelly and, far right, Lucy Campbell and Lucy Farrell with other school girls who have represented their country in their chosen sport.

Lucy Campbell, Year 11, said: Dame Kelly Holmes was very inspirational. She was lovely and down to earth, as was Hannah England. The whole day was about following your dreams and this was really encouraging for all of us.

Girls Go Goldhas been designed with the needs and expectations of elite sportswomen in mind, both at school and in higher education. The conference is attended by elite sportswomen in Years 10-13 at GSA schools who represent their county or country in their chosen sport. Representing the Marist Senior School are GB Swimmers Lucy Farrell and Lucy Campbell, (both Year 11) and National Swimming Champions 2010 Florence Claringbold and Jesie Dyos, also Year 11.

Baroness Sue Campbell, Chair of UK Sport, opened this years conference, with Dame Kelly Holmes DBE providing the keynote speech. Additional break-out sessions on sports psychology, sports physiology, a day in the life of an elite performer, the Olympic Games and sports nutrition will be led by specialists in their field from the University of Birmingham and Kelloggs.

Dame Kelly said:I was delighted to be speaking at this year's Girls Go Gold conference. It is important to have a platform to encourage both sport in schools and the participation of women in sport; attendees at Girls Go Gold will feel empowered and the event serves as an inspiring and motivational day for all young sportswomen.

Earlier this year, a GSA survey found that almost a third of independent UK girls schools have pupils who are hoping to compete in the 2012 Olympics while over 68 per cent have pupils who routinely represent their country at international level. Almost 88 per cent of Girls Schools Association schools educate girls who compete at national level in their chosen sport and many of these have their sights on the 2016 Olympics.

The Girls Schools Association represents the UKs independent girls schools, including the Girls Day School Trust schools. www.gsa.co.uk

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