Sights Set on 2013 for OCWK
22 October, 2012
World Silver medallist Hannah England who represented Team GB at this summer’s Olympic Games, plus one of the stars of the Opening Ceremony, were amongst the thirty athletes attending the Aviva ‘On Camp with Kelly’ Get Together at Lee Valley Athletics Centre, North London on Saturday 20 October.
Birmingham based Hannah England, who competed in the 1500m at London 2012, plus Adelle Tracey nominated to light the Olympic cauldron by Dame Kelly Holmes were part of the training and education day to review the 2012 season.
Hannah England, a member of ‘On Camp with Kelly’ since 2004 said:
“Being part of Aviva ‘On Camp with Kelly’ for the last year has been a massive pleasure and privilege. Without the education, knowledge and personal support from Kelly I wouldn’t have achieved what I have. Additionally I have made some wonderful friends who have helped me through difficult periods and celebrated the good ones.”
The middle-distance athletes took part in a series of education workshops and training sessions at Lee Valley, one of the leading Olympic training facilities in the UK. The workshops covered using social media and goal review and planning by leading experts in their field Sybil Ruscoe and Dr Anna Waters. The athletes discussed good and bad examples of using twitter and facebook in the social media session, comparing the likes of heptathlete Jessica Ennis and cricketer Kevin Pietersen.
Former Radio 1 presenter, Sybil Ruscoe is Co-author of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games - Official Commemorative Book which will be launched this week. Sport Psychologist Dr Anna Waters conducted research in 2009 and 2011 which revealed that long term educational mentoring with the case study of ‘On Camp with Kelly’ makes a measurable difference to athletic performance, and identified a six step mentoring model.
Adelle Tracey who graduated from the ‘Future Stars with Kelly’ initiative to the ‘On Camp with Kelly’ programme, said:
“I had a great day at the Aviva ‘On Camp with Kelly’ Get-Together. It was particularly nice to see all the girls and the team. I felt I really benefitted from the talk on social media as it made me realise how important it is to be professional and safe when promoting yourself through social networks. I also had a painful but beneficial massage and completed a very tough circuit training session set by Kelly.”
Dame Kelly said: “It has been a great year for me with the development of Kelly Holmes Education and seeing two athletes I have worked with so closely compete at the Olympic Games. ‘On Camp with Kelly’ was my very first education programme and it’s like almost an extension of my family now.
“The journey and changes I have seen in the athletes, since I started the programme in early 2004 has been quite incredible. I really enjoyed seeing all the athletes after such a busy summer, to share their highs and lows and look ahead to setting goals for next year.”