Olympic Champion Rebecca Romero MBE inspires delegates at Go Smarter event

Rebecca Romero and Geroge Mansbridge

Delegates at the ‘Go Smarter - The Future’ event were inspired and motivated by guest speaker and Olympic rowing and cycling champion, Rebecca Romero MBE, as its recent local event.

Go Smarter, the behaviour change programme for the North East that encourages everyone to use sustainable transport – like walking, cycling and using public transport – on their everyday journeys, held the event at The Core in Newcastle and invited Rebecca to speak to the mainly business audience.

Rebecca is one of only two women to have ever won Olympic medals in two different sports, Rowing in 2004 and Cycling in 2008, and the only Briton, male or female, to do so.

An Olympic silver medalist and World Champion in the sport of rowing, in 2005 Rebecca took up cycling with the aim of achieving the same elite standard. She shattered British records and became double World Champion and Olympic Champion all within two and a half years in the sport. This made her the first British athlete and only the second woman in history to medal in two different sports.

Rebecca gave an inspirational talk on how, having left the professional sporting arena to start a family, she has found it sometimes difficult to keep active - but stressed the importance of fitting in walking and cycling into our everyday lives, as much as family and work commitments allow.

Rebecca said, ‘’I was delighted to have been asked to attend the Go Smarter event, which focused on encouraging businesses to help their employees stay active on their journeys to work. Since winning at the Olympics, I have now have a young family and have a full time job, so I understand how hard it is for people to fit exercise into their daily lives – but also how important it is that we all try to keep up some activity to stay healthy – and encourage our children to stay active too’.

Jessica Anderson, Programme Manager for Go Smarter, said ‘’We are absolutely thrilled to have Rebecca attend our event as a very special guest speaker.

‘’Rebecca was a delight and the delegates were inspired by her story. Even Olympic Champions can find it hard to fit in keeping active in normal, everyday life, so it’s an inspiration to everyone to hear about her life experiences’’.

Coming from a very ordinary and unprivileged background, Rebecca’s tremendous success in both rowing and cycling is proof that determination, ability and hard work can allow anyone to fulfill their dreams.  

The video of Rebecca speaking at the Go Smarter - The Future event can be found at www.facebook.com/YourGoSmarter