Olympic skater Charlotte Gilmartin talks sports safety

A former Olympic skater visited Bolton to speak about the importance of protection in sport.

Former European champion, World Cup medalist and two-time Olympian Charlotte Gilmartin, 32, laced up her skates for the Age UK Bolton Aging Well Center in Farnworth.

She spoke about saving in sport, a topic the short track speed skater turned firefighter is passionate about.

The visit and discussion was part of a health and wellbeing event organized by Age UK Bolton and included a discussion of biomechanics and the involvement of Bolton Council’s ‘Let’s Keep Bolton Moving’ campaign.

Charlotte, from Redditch, spoke candidly about her career, triumphs and low points, the pressures of being an elite athlete and the importance of safeguarding at all levels of sport.

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She said: “I’m definitely passionate about giving back because of what I’ve been through personally and seeing what my teammates have been through.

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“You can be in a pretty dark hole if you don’t have the right support around you.”

“I don’t want to discourage people from playing sports. I think people can get a lot out of it, from a community, from the trip being able to get adrenaline, endorphins and everything else.

Tina Thordal of Tina Training is coordinating the discussions, working with Sport England and Ann Craft Trust.

An interview aired on Bolton FM on Tuesday.