We were visited at Woodlands today by Erin McBride, a 15 year old GB athlete, who won a 400m bronze medal at the IPC World Championships in Lyon 2013.
Sport Relief arranged the visit as we are one of the country’s leading school fundraisers for the charity.
Erin talked to the upper juniors about when she first decided to take running seriously, how often she trains and how she has altered her diet now she has become an elite athlete. The children were fascinated and asked a lot of pertinent questions. Erin also shared with us her hopes for the future: to run the 400m in 59 seconds; to represent Great Britain at the Paralympics in Rio 2016; then in 2020 represent Team GB at the Olympics in Tokyo. Erin stressed how important participating in sport at any level and shared tips with the children on how to run faster – we’ll never catch them now!
The highlight of her visit had to be when she allowed the children to pass around her 3 major medals from last year:
2013 - Sainsbury’s School Games 100m bronze, 200m silver
2013 - IPC Athletics World championships 400m bronze
We’d just like to thank Sport Relief, but most of all, Erin herself for giving us a fascinating insight into what it takes to become an elite athlete.
We’ll be keeping in contact with Erin & look forward to hearing about her successes in the future - she's the one in the bright yellow running shoes with golden spikes!