June 23, 2015
Great Britain Gymnast Carol Galashan amazed keen young gymnasts this week when she visited the Sportivate gymnastics project at Penrith Leisure Centre.
Sportivate is the £56 million National Lottery funded Olympic and Paralympic legacy initiative that gives 11 to 25-year-olds who aren’t particularly sporty six to eight weeks’ free coaching in a new sport and then helps them find low costs ways to continue to play.
There were smiles all round as the youngsters – aged from 11 upwards – as they soaked up the knowledge of the former British and Northern European champion.
Carol was part of the Great Britain Gymnastics squad for 5 years and following retirement from Gymnastics completed a talent transfer program and became part of the Great Britain Diving team. One of her highlights was winning a European Bronze medal in the 10m platform synchro diving event with her twin sister.
Carol will be visiting the project once again on the 16th July, 7-8pm.
The visit to Penrith was made possible thanks to the Sportivate programme, which has provided funding through Active Cumbria for the Gymnastics Club.
Amy Drinkall, who runs the gymnastics club said;
“Carol’s visit has been a great inspiration to all of the Teen gymnasts, they are all enthused to continue their gymnastics training and can’t wait for the next visit from Carol
Russell Maddams, Active Cumbria Development Officer & Sportivate lead said: “Active Cumbria are delighted to have a Sporting Champion supporting several of its Sportivate sessions this year and Carol Galashan has had a distinguish career in Gymnastics and Diving and is inspiring the next generation.”
Jayne Molyneux, the Strategic Lead for Youth at Sport England, said: “It is great to see Carol helping inspire young people taking part in Sportivate to carry on participating in a sport they may have never tried before.
“Our Sportivate programme is all about listening to young people and putting on taster sessions in a sport of their choice to help them make the step into community sport and set them on the path to creating a sporting habit for life.”
Recent figures published in April 2014 have revealed that Sportivate has retained 357,789 young people across England and therefore exceeded its four year target a year early.