Todmorden athlete meets Duchess of Cambridge at ball

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Todmorden rower Jess Leyden came face to face with the Duchess of Cambridge at a glittering gala ball.

Kate was celebrating some of Britain’s most promising Olympic and Paralympic hopefuls last night as she attended the SportsAid fundraising dinner.

The Duchess became the organisation’s patron earlier this year and in October visited the former Olympic Park to see young sportsmen and women taking part in workshops run by the charity at the Cooper Box arena.

Jess, aged 18, is one of three athletes nominated for the SportsAid One-to-Watch award. She said: “She was just so amazing, so graceful.”