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Kate Middleton's special connection to the Olympics revealed

Kate Middleton's special connection to the Olympics revealed

7/30/2021 7:32:00 AM

Kate Middleton's special connection to the Olympics revealed

The Duchess of Cambridge is patron of SportsAid, which supports future Olympians and Paralympians

Prince William and Kate are both keen sports enthusiasts, but did you know that the Duchess has a particularly special link to the Olympics?READ: When royals get caught up in the Olympic spirit - 12 fun photosLoading the player... var track=function (evt_name) { dataLayer.push({ 'event': evt_name, 'eventValue': { 'category': 'videos', 'action': evt_name, 'label': 'HELLO - PBKqNTJ8', 'videoUrl': '', 'videoTitle': 'Kate on the starters blocks at Stratford Stadium' } }); }; var playerInstance=playerInstance || []; playerInstance['PBKqNTJ8']=jwplayer('MC42NzU0NDMwMCAxNjI3NTc0NTIwNTIwMjc='); playerInstance['PBKqNTJ8'].setup({ sources: [ {file: '', label: '480'}, {file: '', label: '720 HD', default: 'true'}, {file: '', label: '1080 HD'}], primary: 'html5', image:'', related: { file: '', onclick: 'play' }, autostart: false, sharing: {} }); //TODO: convert static variables to dynamic (maxRetries and interval) function getDataPermutive() { return new Promise((resolve, reject)=> { let maxRetries=2; let countRetry=0; let checkingInterval=setInterval( function() { if (countRetry { // Resolve accepts a playlist item, this can be modified // The playlist item that is scheduled to load is // passed in as 'item' // Reject can be used to cancel a scheduled item from being loaded return new Promise((resolve, reject)=> { try { let playerConfig=playerInstance['PBKqNTJ8'].getConfig(); let tagUrl=playerConfig.advertising.schedule[0].tag; return getDataPermutive().then(_pdfps=> { let playerSegsPerm=encodeURIComponent('&permutive=' + encodeURIComponent(JSON.parse(_pdfps || '[]').slice(0, 250).join(','))); tagUrl=tagUrl.replace(/(cust_params[^&]+)/, '$1' + playerSegsPerm); const updatedAdSchedule={tag: tagUrl, offset: 'pre'}; const updatedPlaylistItem=Object.assign({}, item, {adschedule: [updatedAdSchedule]}); console.log("Permutive added to Pre-roll !!!"); resolve(updatedPlaylistItem); }).catch(()=> { //resolve without modifying the item console.warn("Permutive no data!!!"); resolve(); }); } catch(error) { console.warn(error); resolve(); } }); }); jwplayer().onPlay(function () { track('play'); }); jwplayer().onPause(function () { track('pause'); }); jwplayer().onComplete(function () { track('complete'); }); jwplayer().onSeek(function () { track('seek'); });  

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WATCH: Kate Middleton shows off her athletic skills at the London StadiumOn Thursday, the Cambridges also retweeted a message from SportsAid, which read:"Huge congratulations to SportsAid and @TalentedAthlete alumna @Mall_Franklin on winning in the women's #canoeslalom at #Tokyo2020 Mallory is pictured below, aged 16, after claiming at the European Junior Championships back in 2010... she's come a long way since!"

The Duchess has been patron of SportsAid since 2013 and has met many young athletes helped by the charity, as well as Olympians and Paralympians, who were previously supported by the organisation.SportsAid helps young British sportsmen and women aspiring to be the country's next Olympic, Paralympic, Commonwealth and World Champions. The charity supports over 1,000 athletes each year, the vast majority aged 12 to 18, by helping financially towards training and competition costs.

MORE: Here's where to shop the coveted Team GB x Ben Sherman Tokyo Olympics 2020 collectionMORE: 5 royal romances that blossomed at the Olympics Kate on the track at the SportsAid event at the London Stadium in February 2020It was revealed by the charity earlier this week that 61 per cent of the athletes selected to represent Team GB at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games have received financial support and recognition from SportsAid during their careers.

In February 2020, Kate showed off her athletic skills as she attended a SportsAid event at the London Stadium at the Olympic Park in Stratford. She was joined by heptathlete Jessica Ennis-Hill, swimmer Rebecca Adlington and taekwondo athlete Lutalo Muhammad. 

The royal family also attended various events of the London 2012 Olympic Games, where Zara Tindall won a silver medal as part of Team GB eventing. Read more: HELLO! »

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