Olympians visit Coram's Fields
On the anniversary of London’s riots, Australian Olympic Beach Volleyballer, Tamsin Hinchley and her Coach, Steve Anderson, inspire young people at Coram’s Fields Youth Club.
Joining our “Getting Ready for the Games and Beyond Programme”, 3rd time Australian Olympian, Tamsin Hinchley and her Coach, 4 time Olympian Steve Anderson delivered practical volleyball sessions to young people, aged from 8 to 19.
During this session, Steve Anderson delivered an inspirational speech focused on the Champion mindset. "On paper", Steve came from the wrong place, started too late and wasn't qualified to achieve many if not all of the things that he has today. Steve is the first African American coach in Beach Volleyball to compete in 4 Olympic Games. He is also the first African American coach to have coached his teams to Olympic Gold and Bronze Medals as well as 23 International Medals including 8 at the Federation de International Volleyball (FIVB) World Championships.
“If this time together, through community participation and involvement,contributes to helping a child more effectively address issues such as bullying, gangs or social isolation then we have contributed to our mission of legacy,” Steve remarks.
Tamsin Hinchley coached a session with young girls and had a Q+A with young people and parents. They signed autographs as part of a large group photo and presented some awards to young people who have stood out for them during the visit based not just on ability but also their attitude.
“This journey was not just about participating in London 2012 as an elite athlete or winning a medal, it was about leaving a legacy in London. I hope that this time together is just the catalyst for young people to share and develop the Olympic values of respect, friendship, courage, determination and equality,” said Tamsin Hinchley.
Rosie Ferguson Chief Executive, London Youth commented, “We’re delighted that the Olympic athletes are taking the time to meet young Londoners, and to see effective youth work in action at Coram’s Fields. Young people in London have been inspired by the Olympics, and London Youth’s Getting Ready for the Games programme has helped over five thousand young people participate in sports and learn coaching and leadership skills. It is really important now that the Games leave a lasting legacy to fund youth sport at grass roots level in the future, so that London Youth and Coram’s Fields can continue to inspire a new generation of sports people.”
The Coram’s Fields visit marked the first day of the Australian Olympian’s London 2012 Legacy 7 day Philanthropy programme where they will be donating their time to London charities.