Thursday, 19 September 2019

Team GB rowers inspire next generation

SOME of the Team GB rowing stars of Rio 2016 gave a talk to hundreds of people at the River and Rowing Museum in Henley on Saturday

SOME of the Team GB rowing stars of Rio 2016 gave a talk to hundreds of people at the River and Rowing Museum in Henley on Saturday.

They included Olympic gold medal winners Alex Gregory and Will Satch, silver winners Frances Houghton and Katie Greves and Paralympic champions James Fox and Rachel Morris.


The athletes talked about their experiences and answered questions before mingling with the audience, which included dozens of children, showing their medals and having their pictures taken.


Satch, who stroked the men’s eight in Brazil, said: “The last time we were here was for the Olympic squad announcement so it’s good to be back with the dream having been achieved. We have been doing quite a lot of talks in the weeks after the Olympics. It’s nice to give a little bit back. Hopefully one day these kids will be taking my seat off me!”

Greves, who was in the women’s eight, said: “It was interesting to find out what people wanted to know about rowing. The questions were very good but not what you would expect.

“Listening to the answers from team-mates was interesting because you never ask them when you are training together.

“It’s important to be a role model. Not everyone will be an Olympian but we can inspire them to follow their dreams and not be frightened of failure.”

Ludo Keston, chief executive of the museum, said: “It’s heartening to see so many young people getting enthused about taking part in elite sport.”




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