Kirsty gets help from Dame Kelly

Joseph Bulmer

NORTHAM athlete Kirsty Hamilton has been receiving support this month from double Olympic champion Dame Kelly Holmes. Kirsty has been training in Alfamar, Portugal, with support from On Camp with Kelly and Aviva. She has been a member of Dame Kelly s

NORTHAM athlete Kirsty Hamilton has been receiving support this month from double Olympic champion Dame Kelly Holmes.

Kirsty has been training in Alfamar, Portugal, with support from 'On Camp with Kelly' and Aviva.

She has been a member of Dame Kelly's 'On Camp with Kelly' mentoring and education initiative for talented young middle distance athletes since 2007. It has funded a massage therapist to travel out to Portugal, so that Kirsty and 15 other athletes training in the area could access massage when they needed it.

Dame Kelly said: "An overseas training trip is a key part of an athlete's preparation for the summer season as they are able to totally focus on their training away from the distractions of home. It is important that they have access to massage treatment when they need it during this intense training period, which is why On Camp with Kelly and Aviva have funded a massage therapist to travel to Portugal."

Kirsty said: "My two weeks training trip to the Alfamar resort in Portugal has been great, as it has allowed me to train with my Loughborough training group while I'm on a work placement in the South of France. I'm using this time to gain fitness and this is greatly helped by the massage therapist Lesley Bryant as she keeps all my niggles at bay during some hard training!

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