Today marked Kate’s first solo engagement since the birth of her son, Prince George. While William has been gallivanting off, knighting people and having a good old time, Kate has been home setting up house at their newly-completed Apartment 1A in Kensington Palace. Finally, the Duchess of Cambridge has returned to royal engagements – this time on behalf of SportsAid!
SportsAid released a press statement on October 4th, describing the event:
According to our charity contributor, Kinsey, in her Charity Spotlight of the organization:
“SportsAid provides financial support to young athletes between the ages of 12 and 18 who show promise for Olympic or Paralympic success for Britain. These young athletes can qualify to receive aid if they train more than 15 hours a week, travel more than 650 miles a month to compete, and spend more than 6,400 pounds each year on their sport. Athletes can be nominated by their sports’ governing body based on performance and potential. Around 1,500 athletes are chosen to receive aid. SportsAid does this because it is difficult for an athlete at that age to gain a sponsorship and most need some kind of financial support in order to continue training and competing in their sport. SportsAid wants to provide financial support to the athletes and “for the future of British sport.””
Kate became the Royal Patron of SportsAid on April 19, 2013 in support of her fervent passion for sports. Kate is an extremely avid sportswoman, keeping up with her exercise and active lifestyle even during pregnancy. The Duchess of Cambridge enjoys playing field hockey and tennis as well as rowing, skiing, running, biking, hiking, etc. We would not discount any sport that the Duchess might enjoy. Her patronage of SportsAid comes as no surprise, as she worked very closely with the Team GB athletes during the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics.
Today, Kate met with athletes, chatted with the organizers of the event, and observed the many workshops and games going on at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. She observed numerous games, including fencing, volleyball and badminton. The players asked if she would join their badminton game, but she declined – no doubt because of her sky-high wedges, although she did try her hand at volleyball!
Here’s a quick instavideo of Kate playing volleyball:
She was extremely keen to ask questions and chat with the athletes
You’d think it would be “hello” and off, but none of it…. she couldn’t have asked more questions if she’d been on the BBC staff #sportsaid
— Mark Davies (@markxdavies) October 18, 2013
Kate asked who the youngest SportsAid recipient was, noting that she would like to get Prince George started early! A bit too early, perhaps? Everyone was loud and boisterous during the games, cheering and clapping for the athletes. Kate remarked that it was almost as excited and noisy as her last visit to the venue – during the 2012 London Olympics!
Along with the sporting events, Kate also participated in a mock news conference. Kate posed as a reporter, asking questions to prepare the athletes for real press conferences in the future. Must have been fun to be on the other side of that one! It was part of one of the many workshops offered, this one being on media training.
Kate looked smart in her Smythe blazer, Stuart Weitzman Corkwood wedges, Ralph Lauren breton-stripe Tori top and skinny jeans. She accessorized with her Kiki Mcdonough “Grace” earrings that we all love so much!
To learn more about SportsAid, their mission and goals, or to help their cause, click here.
For more pictures, including HQ, details, etc, click here.
Information on Kate’s patronages is available here.