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27 March 2014


A stellar selection of Jaguar Academy of Sport Patrons and Ambassadors joined the Rising Stars of 2013-14 in the brand new, state of the art testing facilities at Glaxo Smith Klines sport science Human Performance Laboratory, for the final Talent Day of this year’s programme.

The Academy’s young athletes were the first group to have access to this elite testing facility and were measured on their strength and power, and cognition and agility. Each Rising Star participated in a Rio experience; training in conditions simulated to those that they would encounter in Rio at the 2016 Olympic Games.

The Rising Stars were also treated to an expert panel round-table about the impact of science in sport, with insights from Olympic legend Sir Steve Redgrave, double Olympic gold medalist Dame Kelly Holmes, heptathlete Denise Lewis, Taekwondo gold medalist Jade Jones and British sprinter Adam Gemili.

Adam Gemili, Jaguar Academy of Sport Ambassador said: “The Rising Stars have different workshops on media training, injury and sports science throughout the year. I wish I had been given these opportunities when I was their age because it would have helped me so much coming into the highest level of sport and it will give them a head start against their competitors."

Sir Steve Redgrave, Jaguar Academy of Sport Patron said: "I love coming to these days, to see the young athletes coming through, seeing their passion, their desire and their focus. These Rising Stars have it all in front of them and it’s so nice being part of helping them achieve their dreams."

Denise Lewis, Jaguar Academy of Sport Patron said: "The facility here at the HPL is extraordinary, it’s given our athletes everything they could possible need and want to learn about how their bodies perform."

The event was the fifth Talent Day of the year since the 2013 Rising Stars were selected in April 2013.