Kate Goes Solo at an Up-and-Coming Athletes SportsAid Workshop

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This morning, Kate showed her support for young, aspiring athletes by attending a SportsAid workshop at the GSK Human Performance Lab in Brentford, West London

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Kate has been patron of SportsAid since 2013, reflecting her personal and professional interest in young people and sport.
 
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SportsAid offers financial and practical assistance to young British athletes and, since it was established in 1976, has helped many of the UK’s best-known sportsmen and women. The GSK lab, set up by the pharmaceuticals firm GlaxoSmithKline, offers the athletes an unrivalled chance to experience world class training facilities that are usually only available to elite athletes.

 
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Around two thirds of the British team the at London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and more than 450 athletes who competed at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow over the summer were recipients of SportsAid support.

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The visit today lasted two hours, allowing the Duchess to meet dozens of young athletes aged between 12 and 18, tipped as potential Tokyo 2020 Olympic stars.

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Among those greeting Kate and helping to show her around were swimmer Keri-Anne Payne and wheelchair athlete David Weir CBE.

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The Duchess watched as the young athletes took part in a number of advanced performance tests, the data for which was supplied to their coaches to help improve their training and competition programs. Tests included strength and power assessments, cognitive testing, body composition assessments and tests in an environmental chamber set to match the heat and humidity of Tokyo.  

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At one of the stations, Kate tried out some cognitive testing equipment, which tests hand-eye co-ordination. She joked that it was one thing she could do when pregnant.

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Once again, the Duchess of Cambridge flew the flag for British fashion, and wore a plum ‘Vreeland’ shirt dress by Goat (£450). The fit and flare frock featured a buckled belt that drew attention to the Duchess’ tiny baby bump.

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‘The light crepe fit and flare Vreeland dress is classic and ultra-demure.
The collar and buttons on the top combined with the belted waist and skirt create an uncomplicated yet complimentary shape.
The dress has buttoned cuffs, a self belt with color matched buckle, and concealed side zip closure. 100% wool.
Dry clean only.
Made in Britain.
Color: Iris’


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She kept warm with opaque black tights and a pair of new black suede knee-high elasticated boots by Russell & Bromley. The boots are the ‘Half N Half Stretch Rider’ and retail for £395.

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‘These beautiful block heeled boots by Stuart Weitzman offer a knee-high alternative to the iconic 50-50. In black suede with a low 4cm block heel these boots are detailed with trademark stretch panel at the back for a clean fit and elongated silhouette.
Extra height keeps things on trend and knee-high length allows these boots to work with dresses for day-to-night comfort and style.
•  Leather lining
•  Black elastic feature panel at back for flexible leg fitting
•  Heel measures approximately 4cm
•  Boot length 43cm
•  Rubber sole
•  Pull on style
•  Made in Spain
• 371984’

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Completing her ensemble, Kate accessorized with her black suede Stuart Weitzman ‘Muse’ clutch and her sapphire and diamond earrings.

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The Duchess kept her make-up natural, applying just a hint of blush to match her wintery look. She had her brunette hair styled into loose curls that fell across her shoulders.

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