College athlete Simms-Lymn catches up with GB track legend Dame Kelly
ATHLETICS: If she ever needed inspiration, young city athlete Tia Simms-Lymn found it when she met up with Olympic track legend Dame Kelly Holmes.
Simms-Lymn and the Great Britain double gold medal winner crossed paths at an event in London that supports talented children of working families.
Simms-Lymn, 13, a gifted fencer and modern pentathlete, was at a business breakfast in the capital hosted by the Fashion and Textile Children's Trust (FTCT).
The aim of the event is to raise awareness of grants which FTCT provides to support children of workers in the UK fashion and textile industry.
Tia's dad Andy, a general assistant at Tesco, applied to the charity for help.
The grant has enabled Simms-Lymn to stay at Plymouth College, where she has access to the high-level coaching available at the school's Modern Pentathlon and Fencing Academy.
Among her national titles, Simms-Lymn is reigning under-14 British epée champion and has represented England in multi-nation sports competitions across Europe.
Guests heard a speech from Simms-Lymn before Dame Kelly discussed her path to success.
"Tia is an incredibly talented athlete", said Plymouth College director of modern pentathlon and fencing Andy Hill.
"She often competes and wins against people two or three years older than her and she has a very bright future ahead of her.
"The continued support of the Trust gives Tia the very best chance of succeeding in both the sporting arena and in the classroom."