‘It’s your golden life opportunity’

Sporting Lunch with Donna Fraser
Sporting Lunch with Donna Fraser

OLYMPIC track athlete Donna Fraser gave an inspiring talk to Milton Keynes sporting hopefuls.

Donna competed in four Olympic Games, including finishing an agonising fourth place in the Sydney final of the 400m in 2000.

“Now I have retired it is my duty to give you feedback,” she told MK Sporting Lunch Club at Jury’s Inn on Friday, November 25.

“You must embrace your opportunities and never underestimate your own abilities.”

Donna, who started in athletics at the age of eight, told the audience of business leaders at Jurys Inn that she had suffered a crucial lack of confidence in the final.

“I had been in lanes seven or eight, which suited my long legs,” she said.

“But I was placed in lane two in the final and didn’t believe I could do it.”

The other main speaker for the event, a fundraiser to help local sports people reach their full potential, was ex-England hockey goalkeeper Roger Dakin.

He joked he was named ‘goalkeeper of the year’ by the Germans after letting 16 goals in against them in the first half in 1975.

“And it’s worse,” he added.

“It was 0-0 after four minutes.”

Donna Fraser and Milton Keynes’ cricketer James Hildreth, who plays for Somerset, presented cheques totaling £750 to Milton Keynes youngsters Joe Elfasi, a squash player, and MK Aces wheelchair basketballer Emmanuel Filson.

Roger Fennemore, regional director for SportsAid, told the lunch club future meetings of MK Sporting Lunch Club would be held on February 17 and – closer to the Olympics – a dinner would be held to give all local Olympians a send off for London 2012.

Pace Partners International was welcomed as the event’s newest sponsor.