The Duchess of Cambridge, Patron of SportsAid, will attend the charity's next athlete workshop at the GSK Human Performance Lab in Brentford, West London, on Wednesday, November 12.
At the workshop the Duchess will meet thirty SportsAid athletes, some of whom will be Tokyo 2020 Olympic or Paralympic hopefuls, as they take part in a number of advanced performance assessments.
The resulting data will be supplied to their coaches to inform their training and competition programmes. Tests will include strength and power assessments, cognitive testing, body composition assessments and tests in an environmental chamber set to match the heat and humidity of Tokyo.
The one-off workshop will use the GSK HPL's world class science training facilities usually only available to elite athletes, demonstrating how SportsAid opens new opportunities to talented young athletes.
SportsAid helps the next generation of British athletes by being the first to recognise their achievements and support their ambitions with financial and other support. Since it was established in 1976, the charity has helped many of the UK’s best-known sportsmen and women, including two-thirds of the British team at the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and more than 450 British athletes who competed at Glasgow 2014. Joining SportsAid and The Duchess at the workshop will be swimmer Keri-anne Payne and wheelchair athlete David Weir CBE (a former SportsAid recipient).
Athletes supported by SportsAid are typically aged 12 to 18 and include some of the country’s brightest hopes for the future. SportsAid helps them to meet essential costs such as travel, training, accommodation, competition fees and equipment. The charity also uses workshop days like the one on November 12 to provide non-financial support whenever possible.
The Duchess of Cambridge has been Patron of SportsAid since 2013, reflecting her support for the charity which is helping the very best of the next generation of British sporting talent by ensuring, in a very practical way, that there are no barriers to fulfilling their potential.
The GSK HPL carries out research with elite performers – athletes, sports teams, extreme explorers – to better understand how the body and brain function. This allows its scientists to help develop improved training, recovery, nutrition and competition programmes for partners. In return the research helps GSK develop consumer healthcare products and informs wider GSK research.
Photo: The Duchess of Cambridge plays volleyball with athletes who have been supported by SportsAid during one of the charity’s workshops in London in October 2013 (copyright SportsAid/Nathan Gallagher, all rights reserved)