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 – AUGUST 2019
We are pleased to announce that the August Athlete of the Month winner is Hector Jones (Pentathlon). Hector finished 14th in the U12 National Laser Run Championships out of 74. This huge result has meant that he has been invited to represent Team GB at the Laser Run World Championships in Budapest in September.
INTERNATIONAL: Joel Poland (waterski) has just returned from Canada where he competed in the Under 21 World Waterski Championships where he had a phenomenal completion. Joel took gold in jump and slalom event and a silver in tricks element, scoring enough points to take the gold overall as well. Joel also won the team gold whilst simultaneously breaking the Under 21 worlds overall record. Rebecca Goodwin also had a golden month, finishing top of the podium at the ETU Middle Distance Triathlon Championships held in Romania. Triathlete, Lara Langston, also competed narrowly missing a medal in 4th place at the ETU European Championships Aquathlon for the 25-29 age group. This result however qualified her for the 2020 ETU's to back up her ETU 2020 European Sprint Distance Triathlon qualification in May.
Charlotte Bergqvist and Henrietta Watson competed at the European Women’s Lacrosse Championships in Israel over July, representing Scotland, were they finished in an excellent 5th position. The pair were also awarded their 50th and 25th caps for the international duties. At the U18 Basketball European Championships, British baller, Joshua Uduje, was the lead scorer as GB beat Serbia, the reigning champions in the group stage, but lost to Germany and Turkey. The British team still qualified for the last 16, where they upset Montenegro 77-62 to meet Slovenia in the quarters. Unfortunately, this was a challenge too great, in which a 71-57 loss was recorded and the team eventually finished 8th. England rugby player, Garnet Mackinder, had a great end to her club season, competing in three tournaments. Her Nomads 7s team won the UR7s and Newquay 7s national level competitions. They also competed at the Amsterdam 7s against teams from all over the world. After winning their three group stage matches against Wales, Netherlands, and France, they lost to a strong Chinese side who were well drilled. Finally, Garnet also played at the Sevens Super Series in Ealing for her Wasps team, comfortably dispatching the opposition until a last minute loss in the final to Samurai. Garnet has also been selected for the GB Tag Rugby team.
Rower, Vwaire Obukohwo, has been selected for the World Urban Games, representing Great Britain, taking place in Budapest this September. At the trials, she managed to place first and will now compete in six events over three days. Intermediate Novice Ice Dancers Ashlie Slatter and Atl Ongay-Perez set new national records, smashing the previous record by almost 3 points and improving their personal best from 49.04 to 59.02. These results will enable them as part of the National Squad, to compete internationally again this year and qualify for the British National Championship in late November. Columba Blango race a season’s best of 49.59s in 400m at the Southern Inter County Championships and ran 22.49s over 200m at the London Inter Club Challenge. Sabrina Jones, with her national ranking of 11, has achieved selection to compete for England South at the Discover Laser Run Series Finals.
EVENTS: As a GSF funded athlete, we ask you to attend community events representing the Sport Foundation/Better. This may be to promote your sport, deliver a Masterclass, or undertake a Question and Answer session. On Tuesday, 2nd July, Flaxman Sports Centre held an evening of sporting masterclasses supported by Liem Bui-Le, British Championships Bronze medallist for weightlifting, and Kace Bartley, world ranked 80th squash player. Liem provided demonstrations and instruction of correct lifting techniques to gym users for 45 minutes and Kace delivered an hour long group squash session later in the evening. The events also gave the athletes the opportunity to talk about their athletic journeys and their current training schedules.
Best of luck to all our athletes at their upcoming events. Visit www.gllsportfoundation.org for more information about the GLL Sport Foundation.