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York's Mount School Appoints Olympic Winning Rower

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3:15pm 13th June 2014

The Mount School in York has appointed Olympic Silver Medallist rower, Gillian Lindsay, as their new Director of Sport and Wellbeing.

Gillian comes to The Mount from her position as Head of Rowing at The Lady Eleanor Holles School in Middlesex.  She represented Scotland at junior level basketball before concentrating on rowing.  At age 13, she was a national champion in the single scull, building on her success to become world champion in 1998, winning numerous national and international titles.  Gillian has competed in three Olympic Games and in Sydney 2000, she and her team won GB’s first women’s rowing Olympic medal, taking silver in the Women’s Quadruple Sculls. 

On retiring from competition, Gillian held the accolade as Britain’s most successful woman sculler of all time and has also worked for BBC Sport and EuroSport as an expert rowing commentator.

Gillian says of her appointment, “I am absolutely delighted.  I have already met some of the students and it is clear how eager the girls are to become more successful at their chosen sports.  I am excited at the prospect of helping the girls achieve this and championing sport and wellbeing at The Mount.”

Julie Lodrick, Principal of The Mount, said, “It is with great pleasure that we announce Gillian’s appointment as Director of Sport and Wellbeing.  Children learn many important values through sport, such as empathy, the benefits of persistence and how to cope with disappointment; they also learn to respect their own health and fitness and this is especially crucial for girls and the women they will become.  Recent studies by the Women’s Sport and Fitness Foundation found that experience of sport at school is the biggest factor in determining whether adult women take exercise.  Other research shows that nationally, although 85% of girls in Year 7 play voluntary team games, this drops to 25% by Year 13 and only 3% of 25 year old women played an outdoor game in the past 12 months.  That’s quite a decline..  While The Mount has very high levels of sports participation throughout the School, the important challenge lies in inspiring the girls to continue pursuing their own health and fitness after their School years have ended.  With Gillian’s experience and expertise, plus the wide range of team and individual sports on offer at The Mount, I feel very confident our girls will achieve this beautifully.”

Gillian will take up her post from the start of the Autumn Term. 

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