Olympic rower opening up about faith in Sheffield

Torchbearer 057 Michael Roscoe passes the Olympic Flame to Olympic Team GB rower and Torchbearer 058 Debbie Flood on the Torch Relay leg between Morecambe and Lancaster. The Torchbearer's name is provided in good faith, however the Press Association has been unable to verify it independently.
Torchbearer 057 Michael Roscoe passes the Olympic Flame to Olympic Team GB rower and Torchbearer 058 Debbie Flood on the Torch Relay leg between Morecambe and Lancaster. The Torchbearer's name is provided in good faith, however the Press Association has been unable to verify it independently.
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A ROWING star from the Great Britain team will be following her efforts at the Olympics by taking part in a talk about the importance of religious faith in Sheffield.

Debbie Flood, who is set to compete in London 2012, will be among the guests at a series of events at Ecclesfield School called Real Lives, running from September 3 to 9.

Debbie, interviewed by Leeds-based preacher Roger Carswell, will be speaking about the importance of her Christian faith to her career.

The rower was born in Harrogate and already has gold medals from the 2006 and 2010 World Championships.

Rev Rick Stordy, from St John’s Church in Chapeltown, said: “We’re thrilled Debbie is coming to share her story with us.

“The point of her visit and the whole Real Lives programme is to give us the opportunity to ask some of the big questions about life and faith in a relaxed and informal atmosphere.”

He added: “Everyone is welcome to attend the various events.”

Other guests include an up-and-coming pop singer, a test cricketer, an ex-prison convict, a former terrorist and the father of a victim of the Lockerbie bombing in December 1988.

Visit www.reallives2012.org.uk to book tickets.