Accrington athlete Leigh Lennon got the inside track on the Commonwealth Games after making the trip to Delhi.
The teenager was one of eight talented British middle distance athletes, who are part of the Aviva-sponsored ‘On Camp with Kelly’ (OCWK) mentoring and education initiative, who was selected to take part in an exclusive educational camp at the Commonwealth Games in India.
Leigh, who has her sights set on either the 2012 or 2016 Olympics, went on a visit to the much-talked about athletes village and also got to watch the athletics in the stadium.
Here she gives a short diary of her time in Delhi:
‘Firstly I would like to thank ‘On Camp with Kelly’ and Aviva for the amazing opportunity they have given my fellow athletes and I to come out to Delhi to experience the Commonwealth Games.
Being able to watch all the different sports including athletics was fantastic and something competing athletes cannot do if they are preparing for their own competition when they are at a multi-sport event.
Visiting the Athletes Village was one of the highlights of the camp – it was amazing, it had everything.
All the training facilities were in the Village so the athletes did not have to leave the complex.
Having a welcome talk from some of the staff of the England team was great as it was the same as was given to the athletes competing at the Games to help them be even more prepared.
The dining hall in the Village was really big and had many different types of foods to choose from.
Seeing a few familiar faces while at the Village was really nice.
Fellow ‘On Camp with Kelly’ athlete Rowena Cole was there and I bumped into Marlon Devonish and Christian Malcolm, both well known athletes, and we had the chance to talk to them and wish them good luck in their races.
On one of the days my fellow athletes and I planned a training session for around 130 Indian athletes of all ages and abilities which we delivered with Dame Kelly. It was a fantastic day.
There were film crews there such as BBC, ITV and Sky who interviewed a few of the Indian athletes which was a great experience for them.
The whole event went really well, the Indian athletes appreciated the training sessions and advice given to them and were all keen to take everything on board and use it again in the future.
It is great that I have been given the opportunity to take part in this camp because it gives me the chance to learn about competing at a major championships and how I can adapt to the surroundings and be able to perform at the top level.
Having Dame Kelly as a mentor is a fantastic bonus as I am able to gain new experiences and learn from her on these camps.
I look forward to being able to compete in major championships like this in the future.’