Richard Kilty Inspires New Academy Stars
A new intake of talented athletes were inducted into Tees Active Sports Academy at Billingham Forum this week as original Academy inductee international sprinter Richard Kilty returned as guest of honour.
15 athletes from the sports of slalom kayaking, athletics, karate, badminton, squash, ice hockey and rowing were officially welcomed into the Tees Active Sports Academy which was formed in 2006 to support young talented athletes.
Over that period Academy athletes have competed at Olympic, Commonwealth Games World and European Championships as well as gaining international honours in the sports of swimming, athletics, kayaking, rowing, rugby, ice hockey, table tennis and BMX cycling.
Richard who competed at the World Athletic Championships in Moscow this summer as part of the Great Britain 4 x 100m relay team took part in a lively question and answer session with the audience present. The session gave the athletes present a fascinating insight into the life and training of a top class athlete. Richard reiterated the importance of parental support, using his father Kevin as an example of how he has been a constant source of support throughout his career.
Tees Active Sports Academy Manager Allan McDermott said “The Academy now has 39 members and the amount of sporting talent amongst them is incredible. The future is very exciting for these athletes and I am positive they will be a credit to the region. It was fantastic session with Richard and with him being part of the original Academy class of 2006 made it even more poignant.”
For further details on Tees Active Sports Academy contact Allan McDermott on (01642) 528772