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