Gifted and talented athletes and pupils in the junior schools at Bolton School were excited to meet Olympic runner, Eilish McColgan, during a special visit to talk about her career.
Eilish is a double Olympian, having competed at London 2012 in the 3,000m steeplechase and Rio 2016 in the 5,000m. She spoke to pupils about the very beginnings of her interest in athletics with high jump, javelin and cross country and how she quickly realised that running was the sport for her. However, she also stressed that it has nonetheless taken her many years of dedication and training to compete in the 5,000m.
Eilish gave two presentations during her visit, the first to a group of the school’s elite sports pupils from the boys’ and girls’ divisions and the junior girls’ athletics team, and the second to the junior boys and junior girls in Year 4. All of the pupils were delighted to hear from such an inspiring Olympic athlete, who has overcome adversity to become faster and stronger, and to compete at the highest levels of her sport.