Olympic hopeful to be guest at 7Oaks Junior Aquathlon
7Oaks Tri Club are pleased to announce that Lizzy Yarnold, Britain’s number 1 Skeleton slider will be their guest of honour at the 7Oaks Junior Aquathlon on 7th July.
Lizzy is a Sevenoaks native but now based at the Elite Performance base for British Skeleton at Bath University.
Race Director, Mike Clyne said “We are very pleased to welcome Lizzy to our race and to show her a sport that is very different to Skeleton. Our competitors aged 8 – 16 will get to meet an athlete who has only been in the sport for a few years but has achieved international standards by sheer hard work”.
Lizzy’s journey to Skeleton started in 2008 having been identified by the Girls4Gold talent identification programme. Previously having competed in athletics at various events including javelin, the heptathlon and pole vault, at county regional and national levels, by 2010 she was competing for GB Skeleton and won her first race that year. In 2011/2012 she was the World Junior Champion as well as being 3rd in the Senior World Championships. Having come 4th in the 2012/2013 season she is now focussing entirely on qualifying for the GB Winter Olympics Team that will travel to Sochi, Russia in February 2014.
Lizzy said "the importance of sport and the inclusion of everyone from competitors, supporters and volunteers, is one of the great lessons we learnt from the 2012 London Olympics. I know that a love of sport starts at a very young age, as well as a love for the physical pain of sports like triathlon and skeleton! The key skills like determination and focus that the triathlon demands of the athletes, is what lead me into a career of sport and gave me the ability to train for events like the Winter Olympics. Good luck to everyone, and always remember to have fun!"
The Winter Olympic Skeleton competition is made up for four runs over two days with the fastest combined time winning. Britain has a proud history of medals in this event (Alex Coomber, Bronze in 2002; Shelley Rudman, Silver in 2006 and Amy Williams, Gold in 2010) which we hope will be continued by Lizzy.
All competitors at the 7Oaks Junior Aquathlon will get free race photos to download and therefore will be able to get pictures with Lizzy at the finish. Next February, we hope that many of these youngsters will watch Lizzy’s progress in Sochi saying “I met her last year”.
You can find out more about Lizzy from her website, her Facebook page and her Twitter feed. If you want to know more about Skeleton then visit the British Skeleton website. For and example of Lizzy in action, click here.