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Duchess of Cambridge meets SportsAid athletes and mentors at Home Nation reception in Glasgow

Press release   •   Jul 29, 2014 11:15 BST

SportsAid's Patron the Duchess of Cambridge is today meeting some of the rising stars of British sport at a reception hosted by the charity at SSE's Home Nation House in Glasgow.

During the reception the Duchess will visit mentoring sessions led by tennis star Laura Robson, former world champion open-water swimmer Keri-anne Payne, Glasgow 2014 Team Wales captain Aled Davies MBE, and 2002 Commonwealth Games silver medallist Steve Parry. She will also see rower Joshua Armstrong, 16 from Hamilton, and cyclist Jack Carlin, 17 from Paisley, give live demonstrations of their sports.

Other sporting heroes expected at the reception are former world and Commonwealth champion swimmer James Hickman, London 2012 Paralymic sprinter Sally Brown and world champion track cyclist Becky James.

The 15 rising stars who will be at the reception include three Glasgow 2014 competitors: javelin thrower Joe Dunderdale, 21 from Sheffield; freestyle swimmer Rachael O’Donnell, 18 from Charlestown; and para-swimmer Thomas Hamer, 15 from Rawtenstall, who on Saturday set a new British record to win a silver medal in the S14 200m freestyle.

The full list of all 15 SportsAid-supported athletes who will be at SSE's Home Nation House with SportsAid today are:

  • Carrie Hallam (SportsAid athlete, squash, age 16 from Edinburgh - SportsAid Award 2014 from SSE)
  • Colette Will (SportsAid athlete, weightlifting, age 21 from Glasgow - SportsAid Award 2014 from SSE)
  • Craig Carfray (SportsAid athlete, weighlifting, age 22 from Kilmarnock - SportsAid Award 2014 from SSE)
  • Georgina Carslaw (SportsAid athlete, disability gymnastics, age 16 from Glasgow - SportsAid Award 2014)
  • Graham Condie (SportsAid athlete, F32 club throw, age 23 from East Kilbride - SportsAid Award 2014 from Doris Dibden)
  • Hannah Dines (SportsAid athlete, para-cycling, age 21 from Glasgow - SportsAid Award 2014 from SSE)
  • Jack Carlin (SportsAid athlete, track cycling, age 17 from Paisley - SportsAid Award 2014 from SSE)
  • Joe Dunderdale (SportsAid athlete, javelin thrower, age 21 from Sheffield - SportsAid Award 2014 from Cue Ball)
  • Joshua Armstrong (SportsAid athlete, rowing, age 16 from Hamilton - SportsAid Scotland Award 2014 from the Moffat Trust)
  • Louise McColgan (SportsAid athlete, artistic gymnastics, age 12 from Dalry in Ayrshire - SportsAid Award 2013 from OCS)
  • Lucy Beecroft (SportsAid athlete, squash, age 17 from Whitley Bay - SportsAid Award 2011, 2012 from Eversheds)
  • Matthew Gibson (SportsAid athlete, para-swimming, age 16 from Chester Le Street - SportsAid Award 2014)
  • Oliver Carter (SportsAid athlete, para-swimming, age 15 from Cupar in Fife - SportsAid Award 2014 from SSE)
  • Rachael O’Donnell (SportsAid athlete, swimming, age 18, from Charlestown - SportsAid Award 2014 from SSE)
  • Thomas Hamer (SportsAid athlete, para-swimming, age 15 from Rawtenstall - SportsAid Award 2014 from SSE


Update on this story

  • SportsAid will publish an update of this story later today featuring interviews with some of the athletes and ambassadors who met the Duchess at the reception.

Media enquiries for Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Cambridge

  • Please contact the Kensington Palace press office.

Media enquiries for SportsAid

  • Interviews with the SportsAid athletes and ambassadors listed above may be available on request.
  • Please call Simon Worsfold on 07960 357116 or email

Background on SportsAid

  • SportsAid is the only national charity of its kind, helping young British sportsmen and women who aspire to be our next Olympic, Paralympic, Commonwealth or world champions.
  • The charity's patron is Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Cambridge.
  • At London 2012 almost two-thirds of the British team were former recipients of SportsAid's support, winning 20 of Team GB's 29 gold medals and 27 of ParalympicsGB's 34 gold medals.
  • At the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games more than 450 of the athletes competing have had support from SportsAid including Bradley Wiggins for Team England, Daniel Keatings for Team Scotland, Michael Conlan for Team Northern Ireland and Geraint Thomas for Team Wales.
  • For more information visit, follow @TeamSportsAid onTwitter, contact the charity on Facebook, or sign up to receive its monthly newsletter

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