Aquatics apprentices take part in National Apprenticeship Week
5 Feb 2010
Nine of Aquatics’ sporting apprentices, including Paralympian Lauren Steadman, have been told to grasp opportunities and fight hard for their goals in an address by former World Featherweight Champion Barry McGuigan MBE at SkillsActive’s National Apprenticeship Week.
The event, held at Lord’s Cricket Ground, on Tuesday 2nd February, saw more than 100 apprentices take part in masterclasses covering everything from fitness and motivation to media training led by experts such as British Olympians Sarah Winkless (rower), Sarah Stevenson (Taekwondo) and Sky Sports News’ Graham Little.
Steadman said: “We did two workshops – ‘strength and conditioning’ and ‘motivation’. Both of them were very good.”
“I definitely came back from the day with lots of useful information. I spoke to my coach about some of the things that I heard there and we are going to try and work some of it into my training.”
Sarah Winckless, Olympic bronze medallist and double world champion in rowing, led a workshop on goal setting. She said: “Every athlete would have experienced times in their careers where things haven’t gone well. The session was about teaching the athletes how to get through those times and how important it is to set goals and capitalise on the good times.”
Special guests also included Iain Wright, MP, and Simon Waugh, chief executive of the National Apprenticeship Service who spoke about the importance of Apprenticeships to the UK economy.
Iain Wright MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Department for Children, Schools and Families said: “Sport is an increasingly important part of our economy – not just sport itself, but all the industries attached to it. We need a range of good quality training opportunities of which apprenticeships are a major part.
“During Apprenticeship Week, I’ve been so inspired and motivated after speaking to young people who are engaged with apprenticeships and who are so passionate about what they’re doing. It’s exactly what we want to see in this country and I’m confident we have a strong future ahead of us due to apprentices the likes of you.”
The athletes that attended the event are as follows:
Leanne Summerbee- Synchro-Bristol Central Synchro Club
Jenna Coulthard- Syncro- Trafford Synchro Club
Sarah Speers- Synchro- Trafford Synchro Club
Adam John- Swimming- Stockport Metro Swimming Club
Craig Langley- Swimming- City of Liverpool Swimming Club
Charlotte Hobbs- Swimming- Leatherhead Swimming Club
Lauren Steadman- Disability Swimming- Kelly College
Danny Casey- Waterpolo- Invicta WaterPolo Club
Kathryn Fowler- Waterpolo- Sutton Coldfield WaterPolo Club