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Royal Holloway marks 100-day countdown to 2012 Games

Posted on 13/04/2012

A line-up of the sporting stars speaking at the event

British Rowing champion and Olympic Gold Medalist James Cracknell will be one of the stars speaking at a special sporting conference hosted by Royal Holloway, University of London 100 days before the 2012 Games begin.

Royal Holloway is the official Rowing and Canoe Sprint Village for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. More than 1,400 athletes and officials will be staying in university accommodation and will be transported by coach to nearby Dorney Lake, in Eton, where the Rowing and Canoe Sprint events will be held.

The conference, entitled: ‘Lessons from Sporting Excellence’ on Thursday 19 April will be a mixture of speeches, interviews, activities and practical advice on topics including leadership lessons from the world of sport and motivational techniques.

The line-up of sporting heroes includes Olympic Silver Medalist and author Leon Taylor, Leadership author Jeff Grout, with special guests including Paralympic Gold Medalist and alumna Sophie Christiansen MBE.

James Cracknell, the headline speaker, is one of Britain’s most successful athletes, with two Olympic Gold Medals and six World Championship titles. He will be talking about his life through sport.

Leon Taylor, the inventor of the world’s most difficult 10m dive and mentor to Tom Daley, will be sharing stories from his book Mentor – The most important role you were never trained for and providing an insight into what great mentors do.

Jeff Grout is one of the Sunday Times 100 business speakers in the UK. Jeff will be providing insights and stories from his books based on interviews with extraordinary performers and leaders from the world of sport.

Sophie Christiansen is one of Team GB’s top Paralympic dressage riders and has won Paralympic, World and European gold medals. She studied Mathematics at the College and was appointed MBE in the 2009.

The conference is priced at £250 for the day but the College has been able to offer a number of free tickets to the local community, staff, students and alumni.

For more information or details on how to purchase tickets please contact the event organiser through its website 


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