Olympian Lizzy’s set for newrole asmum

LIZZY Yarnold, the country's most

Olympian, has revealed she is ex- pecting her first child. The former Maidstone Girls'

Grammar School pupil, a multiple skeletonchampion,officiallyretired fromsport lastmonth. On Twitter, she joked shewould

have toswitchtothe luge,whichin- volves competitors sliding down slopes on their back. Shewrote: “Looks like I'llneedto

do luge for a while! James and I have a little one on theway.” Miss Yarnold married engineer

JamesRoche,who co-designedher sled while working for McLaren Applied Technologies. The couple live in Bath. The posting on November 28

has been "liked" almost 4,500 times. Miss Yarnold (30) made British sporting history when she won her second Winter Olympic gold medal in the skeleton in

Mum-to-be Lizzy Yarnold tries out the luge for size

Pyeongchang this year. It meant that she became the firstBritishath- lete to retain a title, havingwon the same event in Sochi in 2014. OnNovember21, theformerhead

girl ofMGGS,whowas awardedan OBEinOctober, receivedadoctorof science degree fromthe University ofKentatRochesterCathedral toho- nour her success. She collected her latest honour

alongside celebrated film, stage and TV actor TimothyWest, who

was given a doctor of arts degree. Dr West is married to Fawlty Towers star Prunella Scales. In September, Lizzy said that

the World Anti-Doping Associa- tion's decision to reinstate the banned Russian federation and athletes had caused her "rela- tionship with sport to change", and she admitted the prospect of competing again against Russian athletes had cast a cloud over her future.

successful Winter

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health lesson MAIDSTONE andMid-Kent Mind is using aNational Lot- tery cashinjectionto offer free training to support youngpeo- ple. Special courses – aimed at

those who work or live with eight to 18-year-olds – will equip delegates to spot and managemental health issues. This trainingwould usually

cost £300 per person, but the charity has been able to offset the bill following the lottery award. Chief executive Julie Black-

more said: “We’re delighted to havewon the grant,which en- ables us to offer thismuch-in- demand training, completely free. “It will highlight how to

spot the signs ofmentalhealth issues, andwhat todo interms of offering support and men- tal health first aid.” Formore information about

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