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An interview with Maddie George: ‘Race Walking is far more fun than running’

How did you get into Race Walking:
I entered myself into a 1500m walk in the 2016 Easter holidays - I finished 4th out of 6th. Of those who took part, they were involved in clubs and as I was making my way round, one of the judge said I was a ‘natural’ and should consider taking up Race Walking. It all went from there…….

When do you train:
I train with Fiona Edington (my coach) at Marlborough track on Wednesdays and Sundays. I also train at Lavington School track on Monday and some Thursdays. All my sessions are for 1 hour. I am currently in winter training however next summer the season will kick off.

Why do you like Race Walking:
It is more fun than running – there is more to think about! I need to get the technique right to avoid disqualification.

Recent achievements:
Competed in the English Schools Combined Events at Exeter Arena. I finished 5th in the 3000m race walk– knocking 45 seconds off my PB, finishing only 30 seconds off the person who finished 2nd ! This was an amazing achievement for me – those who finished above me have trained for 3 years in comparison to my 5 months.

What are your aspirations:
To reach to English Schools again and gain a medal!

Two Dauntsey’s pupils have been awarded their 1st Degree Black Belts for Tae Kwon Do.

Robert Herrett [Third Form - Rendell House] and Aren Welton [First Form - Forbes House] train together at Pewsey and Marlborough Tae Kwon Do School. After years of training, and three very intensive months of pass or fail pre grading's, specialist extra training sessions, testing on up-to 160 phrases of Korean, and a final grading session they have been rewarded for their exceptional hard work. They were both very honoured to receive their certificates from Master Michael Dews, the Vice President of Tae Kwon Do International, who is an 8th Degree Black Belt.


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