On Friday 19th October, four of our Year 10 students were given the rare opportunity to meet the GB Rowing Team and GB Archery Team at the British Embassy in Tokyo. The teams were on recon trips to Tokyo in preparation for the 2020 Games. Students were able to talk with the athletes in a relaxed setting, finding out about their nutrition and training schedules, while also participating in mini races on ergometers with other students from Odaiba High School. Alex Elliott, Renee Steiner, Rodan Komiya and Ryan Fenwick were fantastic ambassadors for BST, who asked thought provoking questions to the athletes and gave friendly help to the students from Odaiba when needed. Here is what they had to say about the event:
"I learned so much from the athletes about what it takes to be the best at their sport, their routines, health, teamwork and much more. It was so interesting to see not only male athletes there but many female athletes as well. I didn’t know much about rowing before meeting the team, so it was amazing to learn about the sport and what they do on a daily basis to be selected for Team GB. This opportunity really helped me understand the different ways people get into what they love to do. Some of the athletes didn’t even think about making rowing their career. It made me understand the importance of not giving up on what I want to do in life."
"I really enjoyed the whole event. It wasn’t too formal which meant that we could go up to any of the athletes and ask them questions, we didn’t feel separated from them which was really nice. The idea of having the rowing simulation on the ergometers was also really nice and interactive, and we were able to compete with everyone, including the athletes. It was interesting to learn more about rowing and archery as a sport, but also a little bi about their daily lives as athletes too. If I ever had the chance, I would definitely go again!
"I'm so thankful for the amazing experience I had today and I learned that you need to train consistently and be dedicated to become an Olympic athlete. As a keen tennis player, I'd like to meet the Team GB Tennis Team and perhaps invite them to school so that they can give us feedback on our technique. I'd also like to invite wheelchair tennis players to BST to find out more about the sport as we are preparing for the Paralympics in 2020"
"I think that this trip was very rewarding and unique in its own distinct way as I've never experienced something like this before. It was interesting and exciting to hear how Olympic athletes live their lives, as well as seeing their personalities as people. I would love to go again!"