GLL Sport Foundation (GSF), in partnership with Lambeth Council’s Gifted and Talented Programme, supports talented athletes who live, train, or are educated in the borough. 2018 saw 94 supported athletes, with many using Better facilities, whether that is for their sports sessions or their strength & conditioning and fitness training.
ATHLETE OF THE MONTH – SEPTEMBER 2018
With multiple championships and end of season events occurring over the summer period, many athletes could have been awarded the September 2018 Athlete of the Month award. However, after much deliberation, the September 2018 Athlete of the Month Award was given to Eden Cheng, diving.
Eden, making her senior debut, competed at the Glasgow 2018 European Championships in the women’s 10m synchro on 7th August 2018. After having been in 5th place at the midway point, they jumped the German and Russian pairs with their last dive to take the top spot and be crowned European Champions.
BRITISH TRANSPLANT CHAMPIONSHIPS: Simon Randerson and Tracey Griffiths picked up 9 gold medals between them at the British Transplant Championships in August. Simon’s 5 golds at the Championships came in the swimming, building on his 3 golds and 2 silvers from the European Championships earlier in the season. Tracey completed a clean sweep in her 4 athletics events, taking home the gold in shotput, javelin, ball throw, and discus. Both have since been selected represent Great Britain at the World Transplant Games next year.
ICE SKATING: Our ice skaters who train at Streatham Ice and Leisure Centre, Atl Ongay-Perez, along with his partner Ashlie Slatter, has been selected by the National Ice Skating Association to join the Development Squad and will be representing Great Britain at upcoming international competitions. They also recently picked up the silver medal at their most recent competition. Similarly, Lois Cottey picked up a silver medal to become the runner-up at the British Solo Ice Dance Championships 2018. This was to finish the season in which Lois picked up 8 podiums, 4 of which were gold. The Bray brothers, Connor and Calum, have also achieved success; both individually winning numerous gold medals across the season.
ATHLETICS: Long jumper, Ezekiel Ewulo, was selected to represent Nigeria at the African Athletics Championships this month. Although the event didn’t go as planned, he is now focusing on the African Games and World Championships. U20 sprinter, Kristal Awuah, ends the season as the Junior British Number One in 60m, 100m, and 200m distances, as well as holding the European top spot for the 100m. Her race results have enabled her selection to represent Great Britain at the 2018 International Association of Athletics Federations World Junior Championships and the 2018 Anniversary Games. In this month’s Southern England Championships Cross Country event, Eva Holland finished with the bronze medal. Additionally, Eva will be representing Surrey at the Inter County National Championships.
NATIONAL: In the ever-competitive world of swimming, Kirstin Harvie, achieved personal bests in 5 out her 8 races at the British Summer National Championships and reached the finals in 4, which is the equivalent to Top 10 in Great Britain. Kristin finished on the podium with her 4x100 frontcrawl team.
INTERNATIONAL: Moving onto international success, Joshua Uduje, has been representing Great Britain at the U16 European Basketball Championships. After winning 4 of their 5 group stage matches, they qualified for the quarter finals. A hard-fought match against Russia unfortunately ended in favour of Russia, who went on to be crowned Champions. Playing for positions, Great Britain lost to Poland before beating Romania to place in 7th position out of 24 teams. Triathletes Nick Flower and Rebecca Goodwin have also achieved European success. Nick finished in the top 10 at this month’s Triathlon European Championships, whilst Rebecca finished 3rd in the 30-34 age bracket. Both will also be competing at next month’s Triathlon World Championships on the Gold Coast, Australia.
BMX siblings, Xanader and Skye Mavolwane Wright, have performed well recently. Xander came 11th in the Male 10 BMX World Championships in Baku, Azerbaijan whilst also dominating the 2018 HSBC National BMS Series, winning 9 out of 10 events. Skye has rapidly climbed the national rankings to sit in the number 6 spot. Her success can be partially attributed to the more intense competition of competing against the boys. English-women, Laura Sheffield, recently competed at the Junior Commonwealth Fencing Championships. The pentathlete by trade, had an amazing Championships and left crowned the Junior Commonwealth Champion in both the individual and team events.
SELECTIONS: Fellow pentathlete, Sabrina Jones, has achieved selection for the U15 laser run events at the 2018 School Games and Laser Run World Championships representing Southern England and Great Britain respectively. Other athletes, Kirsten Wells (Ultimate Frisbee) and Jessica Boulia (Artistic Gymnastics) have also had results earlier in the year which have contributed to selections. Kirsten and her team, SYC, finished in second place at the National qualifier at the start of August, achieving qualification for the finals. Jessica achieved silver at the London regional qualifier to qualify for British Challenge Cup. She will also be competing in British Teams Championships in September 2018.
Best of luck to all our athletes at their upcoming events.