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Future star Alex is learning from the best

PUBLISHED: 15:42 16 December 2010

Alex Cornwell

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Buckhurst Hill athlete gets a call from Dame Kelly Holmes

TALENTED Woodford Green with Essex Ladies athlete Alex Cornwell was selected by Dame Kelly Holmes to take part in a ‘Future Stars with Kelly’ Mentoring and Education day at Loughborough College recently.

The 19-year-old from Buckhurst Hill attended the event along with 35 other gifted young middle distance athletes who had won medals at their National Schools Championships.

The youngster, coached by Richard Martin, was selected after winning a silver medal at the Senior Boys 1500 metre race at the English Schools Championships, with a personal best time, three minutes 50.95 seconds.

Cornwell was delighted to have taken part in the day and plans to implement what he learned in future training sessions.

“I really enjoyed the day, particularly the injury prevention workshop where we learnt a number of different exercises,” he said.

“I will definitely include those in my training plan.”

The athletes and their support teams took part in practical training and educational sessions at Loughborough College, including an UK Anti-Doping 100% me workshop, media training and workshops with medical experts on topics such as injury prevention and nutrition and Dame Kelly feels attending these events could lead to a bright future for Cornwell.

“Through the ‘Future Stars with Kelly’ Mentoring and Education Day I hoped to assist talented young athletes like Alex with knowledge about their journey through school, junior and onto senior athletics,” said the double Olympic Champion.

“I wanted to pass on my knowledge and expertise to everyone who has the same aspirations as me, to be the best they can be.”


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