Paralympic swimming star, Ellie Robinson, and Kirstin Vogel — who has achieved a high level in a range of sports— were chosen amongst 12 finalists from GDST schools in England and Wales.
The event, which was broadcast live on BT Sport, took place at the BT Studio at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Kirstin and Northampton High School’s Director of Sport, Mrs Jo Hackett, took a tour around the BT Sport studios and then went on to meet Clare Balding, Judy Murray and Sam Smith, before being taken to the filming studio. Kirstin and Mrs Hackett also got meet sports personalities such as tennis player Johanna Konte, footballer Frank Lampard and cricketer Tammy Beaumont.
Ellie Robinson became a national treasure during the Paralympics in Rio in 2016, where she won the S6 50m fly and achieved a bronze medal in the 100m freestyle. Ellie was a finalist for the BT Action Woman of the Year Awards in 2016 and was the winner of the BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year Award last year. Ellie is now in Year 12 and has started her A Level courses whilst she continues her training. She is now focusing on selection for the Commonwealth Games in 2018.
Kirstin Vogel is a Year 13 pupil, studying for her A Levels. Kirstin has competed as part of the U18 Midlands Regional water polo team since the age of 14, participated in national age groups and was invited to GB trials in the same year. In shooting, she has represented her County in many Regional and National competitions and was part of the regional team in the British Open Skeet, winning the Ladies Team category. She has been County Ladies Supreme Champion for the last 4 years and, this year, will be named as the East Midlands Region Junior and Senior Ladies Supreme Champion (the first time both have been won by the same person). In 2017 she won the British Schools and Young Shots Championship Ladies title, representing Northampton High School as an individual shot. She is a member of the GB Shooting Pathway for Olympic Skeet and qualified for the 2017 British Shooting Grand Final as one of the top 6 junior ladies in her discipline. It is highly likely that Kirstin will make selection at either the 2020 or 2024 Olympics for shooting.