Dame Katherine Grainger DBE opens Eastbourne College’s new facilities

Dame Katherine Grainger DBE, chair of UK Sport, has opened Eastbourne College’s newest sports facilities

The inception of the Project 150 dream came from the idea that the school needed to build for the future. By combining 20 years’ worth of development into four years, the school aimed to help secure its position as a sector-leading education provider.

Over 1,000 donors helped to raise the necessary funds for the redevelopment.

The first stop on Dame Katherine’s tour was the new dance studio where she met artist Jessica Lambinet, the French designer behind the school’s most recent installation, two award-winning stained-glass windows, produced in Paris and inspired by Da Vinci’s Vitruvian Man.

Next was a visit to the new sports facilities, which are available for all pupils to use. The new fitness centre overlooking the new Olympic-grade 25-metre swimming pool was also part of the tour, along with the large multi-purpose sports hall, built to Sport England standards.

Dame Katherine also took the opportunity to address pupils and St Andrew’s Prep. She spoke of how she studied law at Edinburgh University, where she had to be persuaded three times to try rowing.

She described her disappointment when she didn’t make the top 16 squad out of 52 women, but how it drove her to pursue her passion further.

With five Olympic medals, Dame Katherine is Great Britain’s most decorated female Olympian. She is a 2012 Summer Olympics gold medallist, four-time Olympic silver medallist and six-time World Champion.

She is currently backing the Telegraph’s ‘Girls, Inspired’ campaign, and is working on the possibility of another London Olympics in 2036.

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