The both keynote speakers encouraged the girls to aim high and persevere in pursuit of their dreams.
Beth, who is described as GB’s most successful female artistic gymnast, told the audience, “If you have a dream, don’t let anyone tell you that you cannot achieve it. With determination, you can achieve it.” Olympic 5000m and 3000m athlete Eilish told the girls to “dream big and never give up”. She gave a frank portrayal of the pros and cons of being an athlete, and that sport instills positive character-building traits.
The girls also listened to presentations about career options such as in the media (BBC Sports editor Victoria Cotton and reporter John Walker), injury (sports-specialist podiatrist Dr Lindsay Hill), professional clubs (Manchester Thunder Youth Academy) and sports rehabilitation and sports science (University of Bolton).
President-elect of the Girls’ Schools Association, Sue Hincks, said, “The Girls Go Gold event was a huge success. I was delighted that so many girls from across the country could attend and that there was also wonderful representation from local schools.”