Athletes From Club
Meet Two Olympic Champions In One Day!!!!!
Athletes from the club
were delighted to meet two Olympic Champions in one day where Kelly Holmes
and Ann Brightwell who represented Great Britain and won Gold Medals in the
800 Metres in 2004 and 1968 respectively were at Sandbach Girls School.
Ann Brightwell was known as Ann Packer in those days!!!!
One of the members of the
club won a national competition and the prize was a visit by Kelly Holmes to
their school, and to put the icing on the cake, there was a surprise for
Kelly Holmes too.
The surprised being that
the girls coach from Vale Royal Athletic Club Robbie Brightwell, was the
husband of Ann Brightwell who won the 800 metres in the 1968 Olympic games
and was only the second British woman in the history of the British
athletics to win a gold medal, by some four days. Ann Packer as she
was known then, missed out on being the first British women to win an
Olympic Gold Medal by some four days, beaten to that accolade by Mary Rand.
Both Kelly Holmes and Ann
Brightwell (Packer) really enjoyed the day at the school and enjoyed meeting
each other and all the pupils at the school, where there lots of photos
taken and question and answer sessions.
As pupils of Sandbach
Girls School and athletes from Vale Royal AC they were in awe of the
champions and it motivated them all to continue to train hard in their