London 2012 rowing gold medallist Katherine Grainger CBE spent Tuesday lunchtime with the Saracens squad discussing her career and what it takes to be a sportswoman at the highest level.
As part of the Saracens Player Development Programme Speaker Series, Grainger told the players how the emotional and technical lessons learned after the disappointment of only winning silver in the Beijing games in 2008 spurred her on to victory in last summer’s London games.
The six time world champion and four time Olympic medallist talked through the lessons learned throughout her career and how the attention to detail and hours spent training for success ended in moments like those witnessed on the regatta at Eton Dorney.
She also explained the how teamwork, overcoming challenges, motivation, winning, communication and dealing with the pressure of expectation all peaked at that moment last summer.
Grainger is one of Great Britain’s most decorated female Olympians having competing and won silver medals at the Sydney, Athens and Beijing games before winning gold in London.
Previous sports stars who have shared their experiences with the players as part of the PDP Speaker Series include former F1 world champion Sir Jackie Stewart, England cricket captain Andrew Strauss along with 200m and 400m Olympic gold medallist Michael Johnson.