Scholars Track Day

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Last Updated: 06/12/2013, 16:55 GMT


The Sky Academy Sports Scholars enjoyed a pre-Christmas trip to Mercedes-Benz World in Surrey on Thursday.

Finally, before heading back to Sky Studios, the Scholars were back in front of the Game Changers cameras - look out for them on the show in the next few weeks - before reflecting on the events of the day. "It was a lot of fun, some good G-forces experienced, I had a great time but I'm happy with going as fast as I can on a running track though!" said 400m runner Persent. The general feeling amongst the Scholars was that it was great to have a chance to get together and speak to athletes from different disciplines to learn how training compares with the fact that they all get along so well along improving matters. "This is the first time I've met all the Scholars," said Quigley. "I knew Jack Bateson before I came here and I've met Savannah too but I met loads of them today and in fairness, I don't think I'm the only one who'll say it but I think we all made friends today by all finally meeting up - and what a great bunch of people." Bateson concurred, saying: "It's really good, this time I've really got to know everyone and it's really good to see different aspects of different sports and see what sacrifices they've got to make, you see that it's not only you that's putting in the effort, putting in the hard work. These guys are doing it all the same just in different sports, so it's really good to get an insight in their sports." Having arrived slightly later due to having to undergo some rehabilitation on a back injury, Judd was delighted that she had been able to make it for part of the day at least. "I think athletics is a really individual sport so I love it coming here and I've made some great friends, I laughed more than I ever have before so it's really nice and it's a nice atmosphere to be in," she said. Equally, Louis Persent was pleased to not only learn from the other Scholars but to give advice based on his own experiences. "I think it's good to be exposed to what other people are going through and it's interesting to talk with everyone and find out how their training is the same or different, I think we can all relate to each other," he explained. "I'm one of the older members and some of the younger ones are going through a time where they have to juggle school and studies so you can talk about your experiences with them. Similarly you can see how things have changed and what's out there." Jason Quigley concluded by saying: "To sit talking and if somebody was just eavesdropping into your conversations they'd be listening to the standard and the quality that these athletes are at and to be involved with these top world class athletes, it only gives me confidence and I'm sure it gives the rest of them confidence as well. Not only to be involved with top athletes but to be involved with Sky as well, it's absolutely amazing. I'm really thankful to be on this programme and the help of Sky."