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GB Women's Rowing Star and Sporting Champion to Inspire Youngsters in Cornwall

Annie Vernon

GB women's rowing star Annie Vernon is set to inspire young people in Looe at a Sportivate rowing project this month that is one of the key initiatives to create a sporting legacy from the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Annie is one of Britain's top female rowers and has won numerous medals at elite competitions across the globe.

Annie will be visiting the Sportivate rowing project in her capacity as a Sport England Sporting Champion. The sessions will take place at Liskeard School on July 15th and 27th from 6.30-9pm thanks to Cornwall Sports Partnership, who provide Sportivate funding in the area on behalf of Sport England.

Annie said: "I'm really looking forward to this exciting Sportivate project in Looe. I cannot wait to help them get them into sport and share my experience of proudly representing Great Britain. Sportivate is a fantastic way of getting young people into sport and that is something I am really passionate about. I believe that as a Sport England Sporting Champion, I can inspire everyone in attendance to raise their aspirations of what they can achieve and motivate them to be the very best versions of themselves that they can be."

Sportivate is the £56 million National Lottery funded Olympic and Paralympic legacy initiative that gives 11 to 25-year-olds who aren't particularly sporty six to eight weeks' coaching in a new sport and then helps them find low costs ways to continue to play.

Lewis Sanders, project coordinator for Cornwall Sports Partnership, said "This is a brilliant opportunity for young people in south east Cornwall to get involved and become motivated by a Sporting Champion of Annie's quality

"Sportivate in Cornwall has been a huge success over the past 4 years with 92% of young people who have taken part in this time still continuing after the six weeks of coaching"

Jayne Molyneux, the Strategic Lead for Youth at Sport England, said: "It is great to see Annie helping to inspire young people taking part in Sportivate to carry on participating in a sport they may never have tried before.

"Our Sportivate programme is all about listening to young people and putting on taster sessions in a sport of their choice to help them make the step into community sport and set them on the path to creating a sporting habit for life."

Recent figures published in April 2014 have revealed that Sportivate has retained 357,789 young people and therefore exceeded its four year target a year early.