Tuesday, 6 March 2012
Pippa for MVP!
Born Philippa Charlotte Middleton on September 6, 1983 in
Like her older sister Kate, Pippa attended St Andrew's School in Pangbourne, then, Downe House School, a girls' boarding school in Cold Ash, and finally at Marlborough College in Wiltshire which, to no surprise, she attended on a Sports/All-Rounder Scholarship where she competed in competitive hockey and tennis. She later attended the
According to an article by Nick Curtis for The London Evening Standard (May 2011) “She [Pippa] works out with her sister [Kate] in the gym at Clarence House, likes swimming and tennis, but has given up her youthful passion for hockey: a shiner from an ill-wielded stick wouldn't have looked good at the Abbey. As a spectator she's been seen at - big surprise! - Royal
Highland Cross Challenge: a 50 mile Duathlon (20 mile run & 30 mile bike) event in June 2011 where she placed 15 out of 160 female athletes in 5 hours and 8 minutes.
- Also in June 2011 Pippa took part in the GE Blenheim Palace Triathlon Sprint in Oxfordshire – Pippa completed the 5km run leg of the race in a very competitive 25:30 run time. Pippa’s Team was called SJP, the “P” standing for “Pippa”. Her 2 male teammates completed the other 2 disciplines including a 750 meter swim and 20km bike ride.
In fact, just this past weekend Pippa competed in the Vasaloppet cross country ski marathon in Mora on March 4, 2012. Vasaloppet is an annual long distance (56 miles / 90 km) cross-country ski challenge. It’s held annually on the first Sunday in March in
. Pippa completed the race in a very respectable 7 hours, 13 minutes and 36 seconds. Pippa told Swedish broadcaster SVT she had only prepared for the race for "a couple of weekends" and admitted “it was tiring”. Pippa participated in the event with her brother James, who reached the finish line 26 minutes ahead of his big sister Pip, completing with a time of 06:47:27. Admirably, both took part in the event in an effort to raise money for the children's charity Magic Breakfast. Dalarna, Sweden
If Pippa is ever looking for common-ground with many of her royal, female, in-laws, it could easily be found in not only her passion for sport, but her ability to excel in it. Princess Zara is a highly-decorated equestrian looking for a spot on the 2012 Olympic Equestrian Team; her mother, Princess Anne, The Princess Royal “is the only member of the British Royal Family to have competed in the Olympic Games” (Wikipedia). Even Queen Elizabeth II herself has always had a passion for the outdoors and physical activity taking part in riding and walking very regularly.
There’s no doubt in my mind that Pippa will utilize her endurance and strength in order to dodge the media for the rest of her life and I wish her the best of luck. Pippa is a role model for all women and young girls. Being healthy, fit and strong is beautiful! No one can obtain her level of athleticism without eating properly, training and managing all-around good health practices. So I would like to formally nominate Pippa for MVP. I will be cheering her on in all her future athletic pursuits. She may even motivate me to go for a jog… when it gets warmer of course!
Kelly Rachelle Mathews
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