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Congratulations to Noah Hanson, who achieved a remarkable feat by winning a silver medal and setting a new personal best record of 13.20 in the men’s 100m hurdles at the 2023 Commonwealth Youth Games.

Noah, 17, trains at Lee Valley Athletics Centre at least three times a week to fulfil his potential.

The Games informally known as Trinbago 2023, was a youth sporting event for members of the Commonwealth held in Trinidad and Tobago. 

The games held from 4 to 11 August 2023, were the first to be held in the Caribbean and the first to include para sports. Impressively, a group of 17 talented GLL Sport Foundation athletes, both present and past, accumulated an impressive total of 19 medals between them, 6 gold, 11 silver, and 2 bronze.

Noah Hanson, who trains regularly at the venue, secured an individual silver medal for his outstanding performance in the men’s 110m hurdles.

Noah also bagged yet another silver medal as part of Team England in the 4x100m relay mixed event alongside fellow GLL Sport Foundation athletes Thea Brown from Manchester and Jess Bailey from South Lakeland.

Noah Hanson said: “I’m extremely grateful for the support that GLL have provided in such an important year for me with the Commonwealth Youth Games. Having access to one of the nations top facilities in Lee Valley, enabled me to consistently train at the top level. 

“The financial contribution meant that I was able to, but new spikes and other equipment ahead of the Games when otherwise I would have had to wait until the start of the following season. These factors directly contributed to my success at the Games getting two silver medals in the 110m hurdles and the 4x100m relay.”

GLL Sport Foundation, which is the largest independent athlete award program in the UK, provides a £1.2 million fund comprising financial bursaries, training and access memberships, physiotherapy, and more to athletes. This support aims to assist talented athletes in preparing and competing at national and international competitions.

Over the past 15 years, the GLL Sport Foundation has consistently been at the forefront of developing local young athletic talent, having awarded an impressive total of £14 million in 25,000 awards since 2008.

The Foundation has supported Olympic stars such as Tom Daley, Joe Clarke, Matty Lee and numerous aspiring stars such as Noah Hanson.

If you’re an aspiring athlete who’s looking for more support with your training then click here to find out about the GLL Sport Foundation Applications for the 2024 foundation open on 20 November 2023 and can be made online.

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