Saturday, 23 October 2021

TV presenter hosts pre-Olympics dinner

BROADCASTER Clare Balding hosted the last “Meet the Athletes” dinner before the Rio Olympics at Leander Club in Henley.

BROADCASTER Clare Balding hosted the last “Meet the Athletes” dinner before the Rio Olympics at Leander Club in Henley.

The event on Thursday night last week showcased the club’s Olympic hopefuls, including Vicky Thornley, cox Zoe de Toledo and Jono Clegg.

Balding praised Leander, saying: “I’m a champion of women’s sport and I would say if you look at high-performing clubs in the country this would be one of the leaders in women’s sport and for encouraging female athletes.”

A drinks reception was followed by a welcome and introduction to the athletes by Mark Banks, Leander’s director of rowing.

A three-course dinner, prepared by chef Scott McRae. was then served. One of the club’s athletes was seated at each table, giving guests the chance to chat with them. There was then an after-dinner conversation between Balding and the athletes in training for Rio.

Mr Banks referred to London 2012 and said: “No country which has hosted the Olympics has won more medals at the next Olympics… ever. We’re confident we can make history.”



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