Aquatics stars recognised in National Apprenticeship Hall of Fame
3 April 2013
Five former Advanced Apprenticeship in Sporting Excellence (AASE) apprentices have been recognised in the National Apprenticeship Service Hall of Fame. Rebecca Adlington, Lauren Steadman, Katie Clarke, Oliver Hynd and Sarah Barrow, all of whom have represented Great Britain at international level, are featured in the Hall of Fame, designed to showcase the rise and accomplishments of England’s most successful former apprentices.
Upon completing her AASE apprenticeship, swimmer Rebecca Adlington became a household name, winning two gold medals at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and two bronze medals at the London 2012 Olympics.
Swimmers Oliver Hynd and Lauren Steadman have both represented Great Britain at the Paralympic Games. Oliver secured gold, silver and bronze medals at London 2012, while Lauren Steadman swam in her first Paralympics aged just 15, when she competed in Beijing in 2008.
Katie Clarke and Sarah Barrow are also esteemed AASE graduates. Katie competed in the Synchronised Swimming final at the London 2012 Olympics and Sarah Barrow achieved her goal of being selected for 2012 Olympic Diving Team.
All five AASE graduates cite AASE as an important step in realising their potential and reaching the level of an elite athlete.
Sarah Kirk, AASE Programme Manager at the Institute of Swimming commented,
“We have been delivering the AASE Programme in aquatics since 2006 and the programme has gone from strength to strength during that time. The National Apprenticeship Service Hall of Fame isa great opportunity to recognise some of our former apprentice’s fantastic achievements who have been through the programme.
"The AASE programme is not just about here and now in an apprentice’s career, but the development and ongoing process of that career. It’s about giving our young talented and gifted athletes the tools to develop further and see their full potential in their sporting careers, along with giving them support and opportunities in their onward careers.”