ATHLETICS: Acton twins Makeda and Mali Lewis, 14, have been to Loughborough University to receive a masterclass in what it takes to become an elite athlete.
The Ealing Southall & Middlesex AC athletes, two of the country's top junior athletes attended the latest Sainsbury's Futures seminar, which was led by Team GB star Martyn Rooney alongside double Olympic gold decathlon champion Daley Thompson.
Rooney and Thompson were joined by some of the sport's top professionals to advise on subjects crucial to an athlete's development.
The young athletes were involved in an interactive psychology session,and an interesting discussion with leading athletics agent,Suzi Steadman.
Mali said: "This was another great experience which helps me focus toward my winter training including new techniques and drills. Hopefully by following the example of Martyn and Daley,I can be successful in my career."
Makeda added: "I've had a great summer competing in a variety of events. This seminar was good to help me look ahead to my winter training with confidence.
"The practical session helped me establish where I am physically so will help when I set my goals over the winter."
Rooney, who has only recently graduated from the junior ranks, finished a highly credible sixth in the 400m in this year's Olympic final.
The 21-year-old - a former student at Loughborough University and one of the country's best prospects for the
London 2012 Olympic Games - was only too willing to pass on his knowledge and experience to the youngsters. He believes they can go all the way if they show the desire,commitment and correct attitude he did when he was their age.
Rooney said: "Sessions like this are really important for young aspiring athletes. The opportunity for Makeda and
Mali to meet a double Olympic champion like Daley is awesome, and something I didn't unfortunately have when I was younger.
"It's important to have positive role models to look up to. If these youngsters can be inspired by Daley and me then that is great - hopefully they can learn today the steps you need to take to improve in your athletics."