On the fast track with athlete Hannah England

Blue Coat pupils had a real treat when World Champion silver medallist and Olympian Hannah England joined them on the athletics track for a masterclass. 

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16th May 2019 — Blue Coat pupils had a real treat when World Champion silver medallist and Olympian Hannah England joined them on the athletics track for a masterclass.

Athlete Hannah England is a product of Dame Kelly Holmes’ mentoring scheme and she produced a finish the two-time Olympic champion would have been proud of in winning World Championship 1500m silver in 2011. Hannah, who is married to fellow athlete Luke Gunn, went out in the semi-finals at London 2012 but bounced back to claim fourth in the 2013 World Championships.

Hannah took the children through some running drills and then with the middle distance runners she discussed 800m and how you should approach the race. In a Q&A session, Hannah told us that she had started running at the age of 11 years and trains six time a week, twice a day, clocking up about 60 miles per week! Hannah spoke about her experience representing GB in the home Olympics in 2012 and said that the noise and support from the crowd was amazing.

The children are now even more excited about Sports Day and will definitely be putting Hannah's running tips to good use!




About The Blue Coat School

The Blue Coat School is an Independent Day School and Nursery for Girls and Boys from 3-11. It was founded in 1722 and occupies a beautiful site in Edgbaston, Birmingham, in 15 acres of playing fields and gardens. We are a thriving community where the children are given every opportunity to achieve and excel. The goal here is to prepare our pupils to engage effectively with the dynamic world unfolding around them, equipping them with the skills and confidence to grasp their opportunities, and the knowledge and sensitivity to recognise their responsibilities. Shortlisted as the TES Independent Prep School of the Year 2020 our vision is 'Limitless Learning for Tomorrow's Achievers'.

 

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