Tips for Sam from Olympic champion

Joseph Bulmer

NORTH Devon Athletic Club’s Sam Petty from Bishops Tawton is ready to set his summer track season alight after receiving advice from Olympic champion Dame Kelly Holmes at the latest Future Stars with Kelly get-together at the University of Birmingham.

Future Stars with Kelly is Dame Kelly’s education initiative for young middle distance athletes who have won medals at Aviva National Schools Championships. For the first time she also linked up some of the older ‘future stars’ athletes for a mentoring and education day.

University of Birmingham student Sam, 19, is the reigning English Schools 800m champion.

He enjoyed an action packed day of training and workshops designed to prepare him for the season ahead. Following training on the track, he also attended a preparation workshop, where he outlined his goals for the summer and received advice and tips from Dame Kelly. Sam then learned self-massage techniques in an injury prevention session, gained nutritional advice and tested his core strength and flexibility in a Pilates session.