Local atheletes catch double Olympic champion Kelly’s eye

Leigh Lennon
Leigh Lennon

TALENTED local middle-distance athletes Leigh Lennon and Robbie Schofield took part in an Aviva-sponsored On Camp with Kelly training camp, with double Olympic champion Dame Kelly Holmes, in her home town of Tonbridge last week.

Robbie, from Clitheroe, was invited to take part in the camp together with 11 other athletes from Dame Kelly’s Future Stars with Kelly initiative for medallists at the Aviva English Schools’ Championships.

Ribble Valley AC’s Leigh has been a regular member of On Camp with Kelly since 2008.

The camp took place at the excellent sports facilities at Tonbridge School, and included the On Camp with Kelly and Future Stars with Kelly athletes devising and organising a training session for 100 young athletes aged 11-18 from local athletics clubs and schools.

The athletes took the youngsters through a number of training drills and fun games, in order to educate them about the sport.

As well as leading this session, Leigh and Robbie carried out their own training, took part in two tough pilates sessions with Sandrine Walker from the Sandrine’s pilates studio in Tunbridge Wells, and media training with former Daily Telegraph athletics correspondent Tom Knight.

They also benefited from a goal setting workshop with Dame Kelly, a one-to-one with a nutritionist, and a sports massage.

Robbie said: “The whole camp had an exciting and encouraging atmosphere, and I learned a lot from fellow athletes’ experiences.

“I am very proud to have been invited and to have the opportunity to learn from Dame Kelly and be part of her legacy.

“I enjoyed leading the training session for the young athletes and encouraging them to work hard.”

Leigh said: “Being around the other On Camp with Kelly athletes makes the camp enjoyable. and helps with training.

“The camps are always really beneficial for me as I always learn new things I can add to me daily routine.

“I also enjoyed putting my coaching and planning skills to use.

Dame Kelly said: “I am very pleased to invite Leigh and Robbie to train in my home town.

“I believe it is very important that the athletes I work with give something back to the sport and pass on their knowledge to the next generation.”