On Monday 6th March in celebration of International Women’s day taking place on Wednesday 8th March Mara Yamauchi the UK’s second fastest female marathon runner of all time and a two-time Olympian and bronze medalist at the 2006 commonwealth Games for 10,000m paid a visit to the Tiffin Girls School in South London. Mara has recently qualified as a coach and took a group of year 9 girls through their paces with a session to inspire the next generation of girls followed by questions and showed the girls her medals.
Mara said "The Tiffin Girls year 9 girls were just terrific at my running session. They all worked really hard and gave it their all. And afterwards they asked some great questions which kept me on my toes! Thank you to them for being such an inspiring group to coach."
Jennie Thompson the PE teacher at the Tiffin Girls Schools said, “The girls were very excited to meet an Olympian and we would love to harness the enthusiasm created by Mara Yamauchi’s Olympic success to help with their attainment and self-confidence in sport. Mara’s message was clear and the girls truly felt empowered that they ‘can and will’ achieve if they create the right mindset”.
Julia Bailey the Club and Coach Support Officer for South London who organised the visit said “I am running a few events across South London this week in celebration of International Women’s Day and it’s been great to inspire the next generation and start with such a brilliant group of girls who all show such great potential for athletics, female role models are so important for our sport not only to inspire the next generation into athletics but also for coaching and this has been a really inspiring to session to celebrate international women’s day”.