Ali invited to Olympic camp
PUBLISHED: 14:30 17 January 2007 | UPDATED: 10:28 24 May 2010
AROUND 100 of Britain's most talented youngsters in five Olympic sports discovered what it takes to become the best when they attended the first camp of its kind
AROUND 100 of Britain's most talented youngsters in five Olympic sports discovered what it takes to become the best when they attended the first camp of its kind.The four-day national talent orientation camp at Loughborough University saw Olympic, paralympic, world and european champions working alongside the handpicked 14-17 year olds from cycling, rowing, canoeing, sailing and triathlon.Ali Masters, from Clevedon, was invited along after being nominated for his sailing prowess. He said: "This camp has given me an insight into becoming an elite athlete and the choices I will make in the future. It has given me the motivation and a focused approach to achieve my ambition of winning the Olympics and being the best in the world."Elite performers including Dame Kelly Holmes gave the youngsters a unique insight into the world of performance sport, while a marketplace of higher education institutions advised them on the academic opportunities available.The overall aim of the camp was to prepare the young athletes for the many personal, sporting, academic and vocational challenges that lie ahead now and beyond 2012.The camp had been developed by the Youth Sport Trust in partnership with UK Sport, the national governing bodies (NGBs) of the five sports involved and the gifted and talented education unit at the DfES. The young people were each selected by their NGB and are approximately two years below the stage at which it is determined whether they have the potential to become an elite performer.The camp consisted of keynote speeches, presentations and workshops focused on four key themes: talent and ability, attitude and ambition, knowledge and understanding, and education and lifestyle support.