Sheffield sporting trio meet royals

Joe Dunderdale, Molly Summerhayes and Amelia Cass
Joe Dunderdale, Molly Summerhayes and Amelia Cass
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A Sheffield javelin thrower who is set to compete in the Commonwealth Games next month could be cheered on by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

Joe Dunderdale, aged 21, of Ecclesall Road, Sheffield, met the royal couple along with Prince Harry at the Grand Depart of the Tour de France in Harrogate.

Joe, who has just graduated from Sheffield Hallam University with a 2:1 degree in Sports and Exercise Science, said: “It was so much more than I expected. First we met the Duke and Duchess and Prince Harry and then we were sitting behind David Cameron at the finishing line. It was unbelievable.

“The Duchess was the first to speak to us and was really pleased to hear I’d qualified for the Commonwealth Games next month, and then William said they would try to watch me compete there.”

The Duchess of Cambridge is a patron of Sports Aid - a charity which backs the rising stars of British sport.

The royal couple and Prince Harry also met Sheffield athletes - paracyclist Amelia Cass, aged 15, and freestyle skier Molly Summerhayes, 17, who is sister of Olympic skier Katie.

Molly of Royd Field Grove, Waterthorpe, juggles her studies at Norton College with her sporting ambitions.

She said: “Meeting the Duchess was amazing.

“She is so lovely and relaxing that all the nervousness goes away.

“She was really interested in the sports we each do and wanted to find out how SportsAid funding helps us.”

Paracyclist Amelia Cass, aged 15, of Whirlow Grove, Whirlow, has only been cycling for 14 months, but now trains with the Team GB squad while studying for her GCSEs at Silverdale School.

She said: “It was incredible to meet them.”