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. 2019/20 saw 108 athletes funded with £59,700 worth of support. All the athletes are local and many use Better facilities, whether that is for their sports sessions or their strength & conditioning and fitness training.
ATHLETE OF THE MONTH – JULY 2019
Rebecca Goodwin (triathlon) has been crowned Athlete of the Month for July for her bronze medal in the 30-34 female category at the ETU Triathlon European Championships held in Weert, the Netherlands. This was the second consecutive year that Rebecca finished on the podium, this time completing the course in a staggering 2 hours, 15 minutes.
INTERNATIONAL: Nick Flower narrowly missed a place on the podium at the ETU Triathlon European Championships, finishing 7th in the 30-34 male category. Ultimate Frisbee athletes Anna Trebble, Kinga Roszkowska, and Kristen Wells, contributed with a number of assist and scores to take a European tournament bronze medal with their club SYC at the Cologne Disc Days in France, improving on their 7th place finish at the Vienna Spring Break the month before. A bronze medal was also won by sprinter, Risqat Fabunmi-Alade, in the 100m at Putbos Memorial Leon Buyle, Oordegem (BEL), before following up with a silver medal in 200m – achieving new PBs in both events. Liem Bui-Le (weightlifting) rounds off the international action with a bronze medal at the British International Open, which doubled up as both the National Championships and, following IWF accreditation, an Olympic qualifier event.
NATIONAL: Seven GSF track and field athletes also competed nationally this month. Four athletes competed at the South of England AA Championships in Bedford: Mallory Cluley won bronze in the 100m hurdles, Rushane Thomas also brought home the bronze in the 110m hurdles, Jonathan Ilori won the triple jump event (with a new PB of 16.28m) as well as 4th in the long jump, Columba Blango overcame a hip injury in the semi-finals to achieve a top 8 finsih, and Ore Adamson, one of the youngest competitors at only 17, jumped a new PB of 6.23 to collect the bronze medal. Tom Nichols finished 7th in the high jump at the British Athletics League Division Premiership in Hendon whilst Gift McLaren came 8th in the 100m at the Essex Beagles Sprint Open.
June Athlete of the Month winner, Dylan Holicka, continued his fine form, winning the U15s South League Division with Streatham Ice Hockey. They also competed at the England Ice Hockey Club Nationals in Sheffield, coming away victorious, 35 years after the club last won a Nationals title. Flora Perkins shows no sign of rest, with another nine events in June, 7 of which being on one weekend, collecting five medals for her endeavours. This month, Skye Mavolwane Wright out-performed her brother, reaching the BMX podium in three out of six races compared to Xander’s one silver in four races. At the Ice Dance competition in Streatham Ice and Leisure Centre, Anouska Evans-Bayntun took home the gold medal. Hector Jones just missed out on World Cup qualification, finishing 14th at the National Laser Run Championships, but he medalled at both the Newcastle Leon Paul Junior Series and England Youth Fencing Championships (EYCs). Sister, Sabrina Jones, also made a last 16 at the EYCs. Rower, Vwaire Obukohwo, surpassed her own expectations in the Junior Single Scull, performing amazingly to reach the quarter-finals at the Henley regatta.
Best of luck to all our athletes at their upcoming events. Visit www.gllsportfoundation.org for more information about the GLL Sport Foundation.