Guy meets his mentor

Guy Learmonth, back row second from right, with Dame Kelly Holmes
Guy Learmonth, back row second from right, with Dame Kelly Holmes

Guy Learmonth, of Lasswade Athletics Club, joined his mentor Dame Kelly Holmes in the 2012 season preparation Get-Together at St Mary’s University recently.

The athletes participated in educational workshops focused on the mental and physical preparation needed for competition.

In a highly interactive workshop, ‘On Camp with Kelly’ psychologist Dr Anna Waters guided the athletes through the mental aspects of race preparation.

English Institute of Sport Physiologist, Kate Spilsbury, led a question and answer session regarding the importance of adapting training and nutritional strategies in the build-up to race day.

The athletes also received useful information from public relations expert, Hannah Hore, in the workshop entitled ‘Building your personal brand’.

Under the watchful eye of Dame Kelly, physical training sessions played a key role in the Get-Together as the athletes prepare for the Aviva 2012 Trials on June 22-24.

Guy said: “The whole weekend has been a great experience, learning curve and inspiration from Dame Kelly Holmes and her team. I would like to thank Kelly and Aviva for another fantastic camp, as always I have learnt so much.”

Dame Kelly added: “It was great to bring together the ‘On Camp with Kelly’ athletes at this key time in the athletics season.

“The athletes are all at different stages of development, but in order for them to succeed the key is preparation.”

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