Lynsey Sharp, Commonwealth and European Silver Medalist, took pupils from Loretto Junior School through a programme of tips to become a successful athlete, including warm-ups, different exercises – and the importance of a balanced diet.
Sharp, 24, then spoke to the boys and girls aged 9 – 11, about her career, which started as a teenager when she competed in the IAAF World and Junior Championships.
In July 2014, Sharp ran under two minutes in the 800 m for the first time, running 1:59.67 at the Diamond League meeting in Lausanne. In August, at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, she ran 2:01.34 to win a silver medal in the 800 m. The night before the Commonwealth 800 m final, Sharp suffered stomach cramps and sickness and had to be placed on a drip at the Poly-clinic at the Athletes’ Village until 5.30 am on the morning of the race. Sharp’s performance was hailed as ‘a miracle run’. Two weeks after the Commonwealth Games, she won a silver medal at the European Championships in Zürich, breaking Susan Scott’s Scottish record of 1:59.02, with a time of 1:58.80, to move to eighth on the UK all-time list.
Director of External Affairs, Jonathan Hewat said: “We are delighted to have welcomed Lynsey to Loretto. Her achievements are an inspiration to us all, but particularly for the boys and girls. They thoroughly enjoyed her workshop and insightful talks, learning that with determination and passion, you can reach your goals.”