Local athletes sponsored by the GLL Sport Foundation were presented with awards at Cyclefest this month.

The GLL Sport Foundation is the largest independent athlete support programme in the UK. Since its launch in 2007, the GSF has provided over 13,000 athlete awards at a total support value of over £7.5 million across the UK.

The athlete awards cover Olympic, Paralympic, Deaflympic, Special Olympic and Commonwealth sporting disciplines. With a staggering 89% of award recipients receiving no other sport funding and 73% of recipients being aged under 21, the Sport Foundation has highlighted a vital funding gap for young talented athletes currently competing at National and international levels.

For our Bath and North East Somerset partnership, it is our second year of providing awards. In 2016, we supported 15 local athletes, one of which competed in the Rio Olympics. The Rio Olympics and Paralympics were a historic success for Team GB, and the GSF supported athletes also broke the Foundation’s record medal haul with 20 medals won between them.

This year, we’re pleased to announce that 36 talented young athletes from Bath and North East Somerset have been offered support totalling £26,000 to help them reach their sporting potential.

To celebrate this local success, six of our sponsored athletes were presented with awards by Councillor Martin Veal at sporty open day 'Cyclefest'.

Here is a bit about some of our local talented athletes funded by the GLL Sport Foundation:

Anna Burt : Awarded for athletics, middle distance running

Anna is a middle distance runner and a member of Team Bath. Anna has made some big improvements in the last year, gaining numerous Personal Best times in recent months. She has recently ran 55.50 for 400m, 2:04.52 for 800m and 4:21 for 1,500m. These performances have given her qualifying times for the upcoming Commonwealth Youth Games, which take place in the Bahamas. 

Rhiannon Bowen: Awarded for swimming

Rhiannon currently trains 17.5 hours a week, 16.5 of those as part of the Team Bath AS Swimming Programme, the hub club for talented swimmers in the Somerset and Wiltshire areas.

An excellent butterfly swimmer, Rhiannon medalled at the recent South West Regional Championships and is hoping to perform well again in the English National Championships at the end of July.

Ilaria Brandimarte: Awarded for synchronised swimming

Italian-born Ilaria was just nine years old when she won her first national-level synchronised swimming medal. Since September 2016, Ilaria has been part of the GB Senior Squad and in April 2017, won Team Bath Synchro’s first medal with bronze in the tech solo event at the National Championships.

Team Bath Synchro Club, is a new club which Ilaria personally opened at the University of Bath in September 2016. It’s the first club at university level in the entire country and aims to give athletes the opportunity to carry on with synchro training whilst they are studying.

Lily Booker: Awarded for swimming

Lily attends Chew Valley School and swims with City of Bristol Aquatics and trains eight times a week. Lily has been selected to attend numerous England talent camps and was also selected to compete for England at the 2016 School Games where she swam against the best athletes in Britain. She recently performed well in the South West Regional Championships, medalling in a number of events. Lily has also been selected to swim at the Zagreb Golden Bear International meet in July, representing South West England.

Jordan Harry: Awarded for athletics, triple jump

Bath University student Jordan has been invited to compete on the European circuit for triple jump. Harry recently jumped 13.99 metres and finished 3rd in the BUCS Indoor Championships in Sheffield. One of Harry’s motivations for working hard is his mother, and aims to take her with him during international competitions.

Emily Siebrecht: Awarded for swimming

Emily is a student at Bath University and a member of the Team Bath’s Performance swimming team.

Following a tough season last year due to illness, Emily has bounced back and recently came third in the British Championships Target Tokyo 200 Individual Medley event.