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Olympic Hopeful visits Haileybury School, Hertford Heath

PUBLISHED: 16:42 04 June 2010 | UPDATED: 17:18 20 February 2013

Jodie Williams, a young Olympic hopeful from Welwyn Garden City, who will be attending a family fun day at Haileybury School in her role as a Sporting Ambassador for the Wells Sports Foundation.

Jodie Williams, a young Olympic hopeful from Welwyn Garden City, will be attending a family fun day at Haileybury School, Hertford Heath,on June 5 in her role as a Sporting Ambassador for the Wells Sports Foundation.

Jodie is the two times World Youth Champion in the 100m and 200m sprint, and her attendance at the event aims to encourage more children and young people to lead a healthy lifestyle.

The event is being held to commemorate National Family Week, and Jodie will start the three-legged race, which is part of a nationwide attempt to break the record for the largest number of people taking part in a three-legged race.

The Wells Sports Foundation is a sporting charity set up by successful entrepreneur, Barrie Wells, to help support sports at grassroots level. The charity as granted the Muscle Help Foundation, a charity that raises money to deliver Muscle Dreams for children affected by the muscle wasting disease muscular dystrophy, a visit from Jodie.

There will be a variety of events and activities taking place on the day including a 10k Run, a 2k Fancy Dress Toddle and an attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the largest three-legged race in partnership with National Family Week that launched today with the aim to get families involved in sporting activities across the country.

Jodiewill also be running her own session demonstrating how to start a sprint race using her starting blocks, giving children a chance to have a go too and meeting special VIP guest Jordan Williams (no relation) who has the most severe form of muscular dystrophy, called Duchenne.

Jodie says,'As a Wells Sports Foundation Ambassador, I am really pleased to support the Muscle Help Foundation and the work it does. It will be great to see families getting involved and having fun together and hopefully I can demonstrate the exciting aspects of a race and how much fun running can be at all levels.'

The Wells Sports Foundation can offer support in two ways. Sports clubs can apply for a grant of between 500 and 2,000 and schools and various community organisations can apply for a visit from one of the 14 world class athletes Barrie Wells is privately funding to aid their 2012 Olympic potential, who will visit worthwhile grassroots sports events to promote the many benefits of physical activity and to help young people to realise their sporting potential.

Barrie adds, 'It is great that groups like the Muscle Help Foundation are conducting events to attract more young people to sport and for such a good cause too. I am also really pleased to see that top private schools like Haileybury are opening up their facilities to the community free of charge to support such a worthwhile charity fundraising event.'

To find out more about applying for the Sporting Ambassador scheme, visit


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