Sports stars to debate pressures on young talent
Former Olympic swimmer Sharron Davies has agreed to attend a debate which will look at the sacrifices made by aspiring young athletes and their parents.
The third D:BATE event takes place at Bath Rugby’s clubhouse at The Rec at 7.30pm on Wednesday, with doors opening at 7pm.
There will be a bar available, with the formal event ending at 9pm, but the discussion likely to continue over a drink.
The motion to be debated is: “Would you want your child to be an elite sportsperson? Yes or no?”
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Speaking in favour of the motion will be former Bath and England rugby players David Flatman and Matt Perry, and bronze medal-winning modern pentathlete Kate Allenby.
Speaking against will be journalist Richard Gillis, former international badminton player and University of Bath director of sport Stephen Baddeley, and psychologist and author Linda Blair.
Davies, silver medallist at the 1980 Olympics in Moscow, will be at the event, and will contribute to the debate.
Tickets cost £8 in advance, or £10 on the door. There are concessionary prices for students and pensioners of £5 in advance and £7 on the door.
To buy tickets, visit http://sportingdebate.eventbrite.com.
You can also visit debatebath.com.