Top re­cep­tion for young ath­letes

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YOUNG GB ath­letes Heidi Long (row­ing) and Sarah Collin (mod­ern pen­tathlon) from Bea­cons­field High School were in­vited to a Houses of Par­lia­ment re­cep­tion last week.

The girls, who are spon­sored by MyLotto24 through Sports Aid, were in­vited, along with 22 other ath­letes, to the event, hosted by John Leech MP (Cul­ture, Me­dia and Sports Se­lect Com­mit­tee).

They were taken on a tour of the House of Com­mons and sat in the public gallery for a de­bate, then taken to the ter­race restau­rant over­look­ing the Thames, where they met Bea­cons­field MP Do­minic Grieve and Dame Tanni Grey-Thomp­son.

Collin said: “It’s great to meet ath­letes who come from such dif­fer­ent sports and learn about their ex­pe­ri­ences, and be­ing in such an iconic place re­ally made me feel proud to be able to rep­re­sent my coun­try.

“It was a priv­i­lege to be in­vited and meet with such in­spi­ra­tional peo­ple, es­pe­cially Dame Tanni Grey-Thomp­son.

Long added: “It was a truly inspiring and en­joy­able ex­pe­ri­ence.

“I loved spend­ing time with the other ath­letes and talk­ing to them about all of their ex­pe­ri­ences in their own sports.”

Heidi Long and Sarah Collin with Dame Tanni Grey-Thomp­son

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