An Olympic rower visited The Cheltenham Ladies' College for a ceremony to name
the school's new boat.
Sarah Winckless attended an event with more than 90 girls and parents to
formally unveil Twenty Twelve on Saturday.
The three-time Olympian and double World Champion gave an inspirational talk
to the lunchtime gathering, which was arranged to celebrate the arrival of the
College head of rowing Chris Widden said: "The chance to meet an Olympian was
an inspiration for all our girls, some of whom hope to become elite rowers in
"This new boat is used for the coxed fours will considerably improve the
performance of the lighter rowing girls.
"We were very privileged to have Sarah Winckless as our guest to name the
The Chinese-built Win-Tech boat was supplied by a Nottingham firm and will
improve the girls' prospects in future events, including the Schools Head of the
River race in March, and the National Schools' Regatta in May.