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Team GB 2012 gold medallists visit KAA to deliver rowing sessions


By Mr Hajjaj

KAA students are rapidly increasing our academy’s profile in the indoor rowing scene. As previous rowing champions, our recent domination saw our champs team up with some of Team GB’s 2012 Olympic gold medallists: Kathrine Copeland, Oliver Wynne-Griffiths, Vicky Thornley, Gemma Hall, Jess Leyden and Georgia Francis.

The students were amazed and felt privileged to rub shoulders with these amazing athletes. They were given an opportunity to ask some brilliant questions including, ‘How is your diet? Are you allowed to eat McDonalds?’ – all to gain a better understanding of what it takes to be a top athlete.

Team GB organised a relay competition with four teams consisting of six rowers. Each individual had to row for 30 seconds then perform a quick and smooth transition off and on the rowing machine. The students loved the competitiveness of the event. Some students were highlighted for being ‘natural rowers’ displaying great technique and power.

Thank you Team GB and we look forward to working with you again in the near future!



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