Athlete Visits Sports Science Students
HOLLY Bleasdale, the new
European Pole Vault Champion and her husband, England 800m runner
Paul Bradshaw, recently visited the Foundation Degree Sport and
Exercise Science students for a question and answer session; giving
students a fantastic opportunity to speak to two leading athletes
who are experiencing elite coaching and training interventions.
Holly, 21, a former Runshaw student, has just recently won the
prestigious gold medal for her pole vault at the European Athletic
Championships in Gothenburg, Sweden after she was given the option
to share the gold with Polish rival Anna Rogowska or continue
competing in the pole vault's equivalent of a penalty shoot-out.
Holly opted for the latter and won gold after pole vaulting almost
4.67 metres; becoming GB's first European pole vault champion after
just four years of taking up the sport at a taster session!
Holly and her husband Paul both now live in Phoenix, America and
train with world renowned supercoach, Dan Pfaff, who Holly shared
her credit with for her victory and who she has been training with
since August 2012.
As part of the visit Holly answered questions that the students put
to her about the key demands of her sport and her daily training.
She says:- "Training is intense and I train everyday apart
from Sunday. A typical session can last between 4 and 6 hours. My
training consists of sprinting and vaulting, conditioning such as plyos,
hurdle bounds and conditioning work for the core such as pole vault
specific exercises. Then I finish on the weights."
Damian Harper, course leader for FD Sport and Exercise Science
says:- "It was a real privilege to have Holly and Paul visit
the students and answer their questions. It was a great opportunity
for our students to speak to and to listen to what an elite athlete
experiences in their day to day training and how much commitment and
dedication they put in to their sport."
Holly now has the ambition of
becoming the world's greatest, aiming to be able to vault 5.20
Damian adds:- "Now more than ever, the scientific basis of
sport and its relevance to performance are seen as vital aids to
athletes the world over. The legacy of the London 2012 Olympic Games
should see exciting opportunities for anyone interested in pursuing
a career in sport."
This Foundation Degree is designed
to provide an in-depth knowledge of sports science and its core
disciplines of physiology, psychology and biomechanics.
If you would like further information about the course, please email
Damian Harper, course leader
Formby Walk of
THE annual Formby Churches
Together's Walk Of Witness takes place again at 11am on Good Friday
(29 March 2013), with the procession walking down from the Formby
War Memorial to the Formby Pool Gardens for an open air service. The
service will include a re-enactment of Jesus' last hours, with the
cast dressed in full costume. The parade and service is open to any
denomination and totally free. After the event you can warm up with
hot drinks and food at Holy Trinity Church, The Pool Cafe or in any
of the many tea rooms and cafes in the village. This is a fantastic
event for all ages to attend.
BHS in Southport
gear up for Easter Extravaganza in support of the NSPCC
BHS in Southport are
gearing themselves up for a special Easter week extravaganza to
support the work of the NSPCC. The Easter extravaganza will be held
at the Southport store from Friday, 27 March 2013 to Saturday, 6
April 2013 and customers are being urged to come along and support
their fundraising efforts. The fundraising activity will involve a
host of activities including in-store collections, raffles and much
BHS, the UK's major high street retailer have been supporting the
NSPCC since 2008 and through the Easter fundraising weekend aim to
engage with customers and employees about how they can help children
and young people.
NSPCC corporate executive Alison Roberts said:- "BHS have been
fantastic supporters of NSPCC and staff are always keen to get stuck
in to fundraising activities. The BHS Easter fundraising week
extravaganza promises fun for all so I'd encourage everyone to get
down to their local BHS store and enjoy a host of activities. As a
volunteer-led charity the NSPCC rely on the generosity of our
fundraisers to help generate the money we need to support children
across the region. None of the services and projects would be
possible without the continued generosity of supporters like BHS and
the support of the public. Every penny that you donate and every
second of the time that you give helps to make a difference to a
The Easter fundraising activity will help raise money to support the
NSPCCs services across Southport and the UK. It could pay for more
ChildLine counsellors to answer contacts from children by phone and
online; help the NSPCC answer more calls from adults with concerns
about a child; and enable the charity to develop innovative and
pioneering services for children who have suffered abuse and harm.
For further ways of supporting the NSPCC locally please visit:-