Islanders are being invited to listen to one man’s story of how he achieved his Olympic dream, plus hear from a top sports psychologist on her work with top-level athletes and extreme expedition teams, all in aid of the West Wight Sports and Communtity Centre.
Andre Usborne competed at the 1984 Winter Olympics at Sarajevo and was the Luge Team Manager at the 1988 Winter Olympics at Calgary. Hear his story of watching Torville and Dean win gold, meeting Princess Anne, watching the Jamaica Bobsled team crash (who inspired the film ‘Cool Runnings’) and being with Eddie ‘The Eagle’ Edwards at the Calgary Olympics. Andre’s talk will be illustrated with clips from the Olympics, the Cresta Run and the Field Gun Run (perhaps the world’s most challenging team competition) – you’ll have to be there to discover where the Field Gun Run fits into the story!
Andre will finish with a few clips of luge crashes and will answer all of the questions you have always wanted to ask an Olympian. Plus come and see what an olympic sled looks like – experience what laying on it feels like.
Following on from Andre, Sport and Expedition Psychologist Sarah Fenwick will present some case studies to give an insight into her work with sports performers from local to World Class level and extreme expeditions.
Sarah is a Chartered Sport and Exercise Psychologist and Master Executive Coach. She has a strong sport and expedition background, including World class level in paragliding setting 3 World Records and medals at World and European Championships. She has completed at sailing World Championships and national/county/local level in a range of other sports.
Sarah has been a team leader and member of several expeditions including sailing to the Antarctic Peninsula, flying a paraglider from the top of a 5000m mountain and driving a land-rover off-road the length of Namibia. In her spare time she enjoys sharing her love of outdoor adventure with her husband Adam Younger.
The event is being held at the West Wight Community Centre, Moa Place in Freshwater at 19:00 on Fridau 2nd October. Tickets for the evening are just £8, which includes a buffet.
Tickets are available from the Sports Centre reception. Proceeds from the evening will support the West Wight Sports and Community Centre Trust.