Olympian and hockey ace Chloe Rogers paid a visit to Lewes Old Grammar School this week, to present a prestigious sports scholarship to a Year 8 pupil. Anouska Fairhurst, 12, was awarded one of only four grants by sportswear manufacturers Squadkit in January after becoming number one in the UK and fourth in the world for javelin in her age group. Despite only taking up the javelin 18 months ago, Anouska competed in 20 competitions nationwide last year and boasts an incredible personal best of 37.37 metres.
Her success was celebrated on Tuesday in a special school assembly at St Michael’s Church, Lewes, where she was presented with Squadkit clothing specially embroidered with her name. Olympian Chloe spoke of her journey to winning bronze at London 2012, which started with seven years of rigorous training at a young age before she was selected to be a part of Team GB. In the afternoon, Anouska and other hockey players from LOGS were given the opportunity to experience Chloe’s professional coaching at the Southdown club. This included tips and tricks to improve their hockey skills, and putting the theory into practice.
Robyn Stone, Head of Gifted and Talented at LOGS, said: ‘Chloe Rogers was incredibly supportive of Anouska throughout the visit and is going to be a close mentor and friend for her over the next year. I am so pleased that Anouska is being rewarded for her outstanding efforts and we will continue to support and guide her through her sporting career. All of the girls had a fantastic time during the Hockey training session and we look forward to working closely with Chloe in the future.’ The special scholarship presentation marks the beginning of a promising year for Anouska, and she has already started an intense training regime ahead of javelin competitions which begin in April.
Anouska said: ‘Meeting Chloe was just unbelievably wonderful, holding her Olympic medal was such an honour – it was so heavy! Her talk was so inspirational and really made us believe that if you work hard you can be good at any sport or anything that you put your mind to. I also love my sports kit so much, thank you Squadkit, I will be wearing this with complete pride! I feel so lucky to be in a school that is so supportive and to know that everyone is wishing me the best. All of my teachers have been so kind and it makes me want to do my very best in return’.