The St Mary's School Hampstead Fundraiser

by Sports For Champions UK (CIC) in London, Greater London, United Kingdom

We did it
On 22nd May 2024 we successfully raised £30 with 1 supporters in 49 days

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by Sports For Champions UK (CIC) in London, Greater London, United Kingdom

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St Mary's School Hampstead are excited to be hosting an inspirational workshop with Para Rower Georgia Carmichael. Georgia needs your help to raise funds for vital training, medical and competition costs. This money will also help your school and other athletes across the country, find out more below!

"At St Mary’s School they believe there are four key qualities which the school instil in all girls. The school also encourage the children to be risk takers, not only in their play and extra curricular activities but also in their learning."

Who's Coming?

How I Started

I started Kayaking at the age of 10 and at 13 I was selected for the GB team. I began at my local club on an open day and ended up staying with them. At 15 I attended my first world championships, but unfortunately the year after at the age of 16 I suffered an accident that put me in hospital meaning I had to relearn a lot of different key skills before ever being able to get back on the water! Thankfully, after my recovery period, I got stuck in and was back at the start line for the World Championships just a year later after I turned 17. Two years later in October 2021 I was studying at university and ended up back in hospital again with life-threatening injuries, I spent three months in intensive care before being transferred to a rehabilitation hospital where I stayed for another 9 months. During rehab a big challenge was wanting to get back on the water in order to retain muscle memory so I contacted the GB Paralympic team who set me up and allowed me to get back on the water even though I couldn’t even row! I continued to improve physically and in January 2023 I was selected for the Talent Pathway Programme with the GB Paralympic team who I now train full time alongside!

My Greatest Achievement

My greatest achievement is becoming the youngest to ever win a world championship at the age of 15. Of course, shortly after this, I was in hospital after my first accident which meant I was away from the sport for 11 months, thankfully after my recovery, I was happy to be back and also scored two silver medals.

 My Greatest Challenge

My greatest challenge was undoubtedly making a comeback I can be proud of after suffering two large setbacks and being away from the sport for such a long stint. The added challenge of a global pandemic also allowed me to focus on training and bought me time as it postponed events and competitions too, allowing me more time for recovery.

My Podcast

Check out my podcast to learn more about me and my career. Maybe it will inspire you to write some questions for me ahead of the event!

My Hobbies

Outside of Rowing, I enjoy Crossfit, baking and spending time with friends and family when I’m not training!

My Future goals

In the future, I am aiming for the Paralympics in 2024 where I hope to be competing in PR2 Rowing.

Who are Sports For Champions?

Great news! Sports For Champions UK (CIC) will soon visit your school! Your young people have been invited to join a sponsored fitness circuit led by a Professional athlete, who will educate, enable, and empower participants with a view to inspiring them to be the champions of tomorrow.

While we're not all athletically inclined, we strongly encourage participation, all young people have talent and require inspiration to pursue their dreams - whatever they may be! 

After 12 years of success we have perfected our inspirational events and they are guaranteed to deliver for your school and pupils! 

Sports For Champions events are held in support of schools, which keep 60% of the funds raised to spend on resources that will enrich young peoples education/experience. Professional athletes in need of support are the only other beneficiaries from the remaining 40%. Sports For Champions is an audited organisation that is voluntarily registered with the Fundraising Regulator. Meaning you can support the initiative with assurance.

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What will happen on the day?

During the assembly, Sports For Champions athletes show medals and tell their story, hard work, lessons, and insights shared to capture the imagination of all and inspire healthier active lifestyles. Athletes discuss challenges on the road to success, with resilience, nutrition, diet, and dedication forming key topics. Fitness is essential for every young person’s general wellbeing in physical and mental health. It is also proven to be a strong booster of learning potential or brain power. By inspiring children as champions of tomorrow, Sports For Champions envision young people developing in all walks of life as healthy, [pro] active community-minded participants in society.

Alongside Team Sports For Champions, athletes engage in invaluable work within local communities to support their training-related costs (e.g. physio/travel). Most world-class athletes train a rigorous 35hr week and struggle to find reliable work that fits their schedule. This is how the funds we raise enable athletes and your school/club to realise their potential. Many pro athletes are unsponsored, lose support, or cannot find it.

Sports For Champions offers schools the benefit of an additional funds to go towards resources/facilities, whilst helping athletes with the funds required to sustain their journey with a contribution towards training and competition fees, medical costs, equipment, and more.

St Mary's School Hampstead will be receiving an inspirational visit from Para Rower Georgia Carmichael, on the the 17th of May 2024 and we need your support!

The pupils will benefit from physical activity through our fitness circuit, an inspirational talk including medal display and a Q&A session.

Where does the money go?

When parents and guardians offer their support to a Sports for Champions UK (CIC) fundraising event, they are nurturing not only their children's immediate environments but also the bright futures of many rising athletes. Here is a breakdown of how your contributions make a significant difference: 

For each fundraising event Sports For Champions looks to raise enough money to cover the costs that it takes to provide such an excellent service nationally. Once that goal is reached, surplus funds are allocated in a way that benefits both the school and our passionate athletes – 60% for the school’s continued growth and 40% contributing to the athlete fund.

At the core of the Sports For Champions UK (CIC) initiative is the Athlete Fund. Primarily, the fund aids schools in less economically privileged areas that might struggle with costs, ensuring that the administrative fee isn’t a barrier to vital opportunities. Additionally, it assists our dedicated athletes in moments of pressing need, whether it’s recovering from injuries, procuring advanced equipment, or embarking on warm-weather training camps. Our fundamental belief remains unwavering: no school should be compromised for its economic stance, and every promising athlete deserves a fair shot at excellence. Our commitment ensures no child or school is left behind due to circumstances beyond their control.

Challenges Athletes Face: Our partnering pro athletes and Team GB Olympians have a world of responsibilities on their shoulders. They juggle between a rigorous training schedule that demands over 35 hours a week and their personal commitments. This often leaves them with limited time and resources to focus on their careers, leading to financial constraints. Expenses for equipment, training, coaching, travel, and more pile up, making it a challenge for these athletes to perform at their best and represent Great Britain.

Why is this important?

St Mary's School Hampstead is promoting  health and wellbeing throughout the school and with the help of a visit from Georgia Carmichael, this will be enhanced across all year groups and staff, they are also focussing on encouraging diversity and raising the aspirations of the pupils through sport.

St Mary's School Hampstead will benefit from the money raised as they will be able to provide new equipment, fund opportunities for the children, and more.

How can you help?

We're asking all parents to help make it a memorable event for the pupils with the help of Para Rower Georgia Carmichael, to raise funds for key resources for St Mary's School Hampstead.

If you are a local business or a friend of the school and would like to contribute to help us get to our target then please do make a donation and share our project as far as you can.

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