Search

Snaresbrook schoolgirls inspired by oar-some Olympics star Lizzie Neave

PUBLISHED: 15:22 13 March 2013 | UPDATED: 09:17 14 March 2013

World Champion canoeist Lizzie Neave with students from Forest school

World Champion canoeist Lizzie Neave with students from Forest school

Archant

Team GB canoeist Lizzie Neave inspired girls at a Snaresbrook school on Tuesday.

Lizzie, 25, was beaten in the semi-final after a promising start at the London 2012 Olympics, but is already training hard for the next Olympics, in Rio in 2016.

She was invited to Forest School, College Place, by pupil and keen canoeist Helena Stone.

The 15-year-old contacted Lizzie after watching her at the Olympics last year.

More than 100 Year 7 and 8 girls gathered to hear Lizzie talk about her love of canoeing, the experience of the Olympic Games and her plans for the future.

School press officer Humayon Pramanik said the schoolgirls then bombarded Lizzie with questions.

He said: “The students wanted to know all sorts, from how she prepared to how often she trains and what it was like being at the Olympic Park.

“She is inspiring young women to get into canoeing and kayaking because it’s a minority sport.

“But she said now is a bad time – in the cold. It will be easier in the summer.”

Lizzie, of Chingford, is training eight times a week in a bid to qualify for Team GB for the 2016 Games in Brazil.


If you value what this story gives you, please consider supporting the Ilford Recorder. Click the link in the orange box above for details.

Become a supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years. Our industry faces testing times, which is why we're asking for your support. Every contribution will help us continue to produce local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Latest from the Ilford Recorder