On her third solo engagement since she announced her second pregnancy in September, The Duchess of Cambridge is set to attend an athlete workshop on the 12th of November. She will not be accompanied by Prince William.
The SportsAid athlete workshop will be held at the GSK Human Performance Lab, in Brentford, West London. At the event, Kate will meet with athletes who are brimming with the potential to represent their country at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. She will watch as the young hopefuls take part in a number of advanced performance assessments, including strength and power assessments, cognitive testing, environmental chamber tests and assessment of body composition. The outcomes of these tests allow the athletes’ coaches to decide upon their training programmes.
SportsAid is a charity designed to help British athletes recognise their talent and potential. Since its establishment in 1976, the organisation has helped some of the UK’s most famous athletes fulfill their ambitions, by providing them with both financial and other kinds of support. SportsAid usually supports young athletes, between the age of 12 and 18, and helps them with essential parts of their training, including equipment, travel, fees, and workshops such as this one.
The GSK Human Performance Lab provides sportsmen and explorers with facilities to help them better understand how their body functions. These training facilities are normally only available to the most elite athletes, and by allowing young athletes to make good use of them, SportsAid is ensuring that they are not denied any opportunity.
The Duchess of Cambridge, who is a sports enthusiast, keen about tennis, hockey and sailing, has been a patron of SportsAid since 2013. A few months after Prince George was born, she attended an event hosted by the charity, where she participated in a spirited volleyball match.
British cyclist Sir Chris Hoy, an alumnus of SportsAid, has said: “SportsAid played an important role when I was starting out so I know what a huge boost this will be to the young sportsmen and women the charity helps today. As patron Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge will give them the profile they deserve.”
The Duchess will be joined at the workshop by swimmer Keri-Anne Payne and wheelchair athlete, David Weir CBE, who also received support from SportsAid in the past.