Nico Kirschstein Smith

Jaguar Sports Academy

As a GB Kayaker, I have been selected as one of 50 athletes throughout the whole of Great Britain to be part of the Jaguar Sports Academy.

This consists of Jaguar Cars teaming up with Sports Aid to give the top up-and-coming sporting hopefuls the support they need to get to the next level of competing at the European, World and Olympic Championships in the years to come.

I was invited to Sheffield, where the first of five workshops was held. Dame Kelly Holmes, Jess Ennis, Rio Ferdinand, Barry Mcguigan and Anna Hemmings were the celebrity elite athletes attending the workshop to chat with, give their knowledge and to support the athletes and their parents. Within the workshop, athletes and parents were given information about drugs testing and media training.

The athletes come from a range of different sports, both Olympic and Paralympic. It was great to see such a diversity of different athletes and learn about each others’ sport.

Nico Kirschstein Smith