Olympic heroine Katherine Grainger visited The Cheltenham Ladies’ College to give a rousing speech to pupils.
Katherine Grainger, with Chris Widden and rowing captains Eleanor Hervey-Bathurst and Anna McLean.
The London 2012 gold medal winner was the guest at the Rowing Club dinner on Saturday evening.
Girls had the chance to meet the inspiring figure as the best of the College’s rowing talent gathered with parents and guests for the annual event.
Head of Rowing Chris Widden said: “To meet Katherine Grainger, a woman who has achieved so much, who is so naturally modest, friendly and approachable, and who such an exceptional speaker was a truly inspiring and unforgettable experience for the girls.
“Our PE department attaches great importance to inviting respected and relevant speakers to encourage and inspire our girls to set ambitious personal goals.
“We are all very grateful that Katherine went to so much trouble to make time to visit us and look forward to giving the girls more opportunities to meet and be inspired by further prominent sportswomen in the future.”
Almost 100 people attended the dinner and heard the speech, in which Ms Grainger told the story of her journey from beginner at university, to three-time silver medal winner and finally gold medallist in 2012.
There was a tangible ripple of excitement as Ms Grainger took out her gold medal to be passed around the room, and the speech was given a standing ovation.
After the dinner, the Olympian stayed to talk, sign autographs and pose for photos until after midnight.
Max Wilkinson, Communications Officer