Sports Therapy student supports Dame Kelly Holmes and others on charity bike ride
Baggio Brown works long days at Goatham’s Great Kent Cycle Ride
A University of East London (UEL) Sports Therapy student has gained invaluable work experience while supporting a charity bike ride whose participants included Olympic gold-medal winning runner Dame Kelly Holmes.
Third year student Baggio Brown, alongside his Sports Therapy lecturer Laura Obeng-Frimpong, recently provided support at Goatham’s Great Kent Cycle Ride, a three-day event organised by The Kent Sports Trust Foundation, in support of charity Help for Heroes.
Among the riders involved were Kent Sports Trust Foundation ambassadors Dame Kelly Holmes DBE MBE, who won two gold medals in the 2004 Olympics in Athens, and former international cricketer Geraint Jones MBE.
“The days started at 6am and finished around 6pm,” he reveals. “We were involved at the start of the race, at each stop and at the end. We gave the riders stretches and massage to help with DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness) and fatigue.”
But Baggio feels all the hard work was well worth it.
He says, “My highlight was meeting Dame Kelly Holmes, who joined us on the third day, but I also got to know loads of people. You’re with them all day and eating meals together, so you quickly become friends.”