Sport is an essential part of our social and cultural landscape and with women’s sports shining increasingly brightly on the national stage, there are role models galore for the next generation of would-be Olympians. But reaching the lofty heights of international sport is not for the faint hearted and it takes far more than just talent, as many of Putney’s exceptional sportswomen will testify.
Balancing the demands of both academics and sporting performance is one of the most difficult tasks for any student athlete, particularly those performing at the highest levels. Even on an average day, there is just so much to cram in. With a busy timetable of lessons – not to mention co-curricular activities – pupils, parents and their teachers have to become quite adept at juggling their time. If not managed well, the added pressures of training and competing in sport at a national level can mean something has to slip.