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Manchester High School for Girls


On Thursday 13th September, the PE Department took 12 A-level and GCSE PE students and other talented MHSG athletes to the Girls’ Schools Association ‘Girls Go Gold’ Conference at Bolton School Girls’ Division.

Guest speakers on the day were gymnast Beth Tweddle and Eilish McColgan, a middle-distance athlete who competes in the 3000 metres steeplechase and 5000 metres. Eilish represented Great Britain at the 2012 Olympic Games in London and the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.

Throughout the conference, the girls attended workshops and practical sessions on sports and biomechanics testing, sports intervention, sports rehabilitation and physiotherapy.

Of their experience, Emma from Junior Sixth Form commented:

“I thought the conference was inspirational. I enjoyed listening to Beth Tweddle talk about her gymnastics career. She has demonstrated that through hard work and determination any goals can be achieved; in her case, winning a medal at the Olympic Games.” 

The other sessions included a netball masterclass led by Manchester Thunder youth coaches Phil Owen and Suzanne Bass, a podiatry session led by Dr Lindsay Hill, a talk by Victoria Screaton, BBC sport producer on TV sports production as well as a talk by John Watson, BBC sports presenter, on sports journalism and TV presenting.

Emma added: “As someone who loves sport, I found it very interesting listening to talks from Victoria Cotton and John Watson who proved to me that you can still be involved in sport even if you aren't playing it professionally. Victoria told us about all the sports events she has witnessed in person, such as Super Saturday at the London Olympics 2012 and the numerous Wimbledon Finals.” 

Emma and her peers also had the opportunity to learn about overseas sports placements as an alternative pathway to develop both academic and sports scholarship opportunities in the USA through Sporting Chance USA.