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 – FEBRUARY 2020
We are pleased to announce that the February Athlete of the Month winner is Atl Ongay-Perez (Figure Skating) who, along with his partner returned from their competition in Torun at the beginning of January with a Bronze Medal, making them Britain’s youngest most successful ice dance couple on the international stage this year. This is their 4th consecutive medal in as many international competitions. So far this season, they have consistently returned from all these events having achieved a place on the podium. The pair achieved very good personal best scores on their Pattern Dances, the Fourteen Step and the Tango where they placed 6th & 4th. Their vivacious and rhythmical performance in the Free Dance to an Aretha Franklin medley where they came first increased their final score and saw them win the Bronze Medal. Their last competition this season will be the Bavarian Open in Oberstdorf, Germany. Afterwards they will be moving up a level to ‘Advanced Novice’.
Hal Jones (Fencing) competed In Bratislava for his most recent international competition and fenced well in the poules and ranking about 90th out of almost 600 competitors. Unfortunately he went out in the round but nevertheless a fantastic effort against some of the best fencers in the world. His next competition is in Krakow on 8th Feb where he has the opportunity to gain selection for the World Championships team. Hector Jones (Fencing) competed at the Leon Paul Junior Series in Cardiff in the u13s category and achieved an excellent 7th place. He also won bronze at last the South West foil qualifier thereby qualifying for the British Youth Championships May - A worthy feat since he doesn’t actually learn in the foil category. On top of this Hector has qualified for the 2020 laser run world championships as part of the u13 boys’ team which are being held in China. Sabrina Jones (Fencing) also qualified for the laser run world champs in China as part of the u15 girls’ team.
January saw the start of the indoor athletics season, with many Lambeth GSF athletes achieving some fantastic results. Shayone Simao (Athletics) raced to fantastic 2nd place at the Newham & Essex Beagles 60m Open Sprint Series achieving a seasons best in 7.97s.whilst Risqat Fabunmi-Alade (Athletics) secured a 3rd Place at the same competition as well as an impressive 6th at the London U20/Senior Games at the Lee Valley Athletics Centre.
More success was seen at the London U20/Senior Games as Ore Adamson (Athletics) secured Gold in the Long Jump with a season’s best of 5.74m. Tom Nichols (Athletics) finished just outside the medals with an excellent 4th place in the High Jump whilst Mallory Cluley (Athletics) impressed in both the 60 metres and 60 metres hurdles achieving 4th and 6th place finishes respectively.
Flora Perkins (Cycling) finished the HSBC UK National Track Championships with an excellent 5th place in the Women’s Team Pursuit securing 14 points in the process. This was backed up with a superb 1st place at the Full Gas Winter Track League Event. Jonathan Ilori (Athletics) leapt to a season’s best in the Triple Jump with 15.85m which secured a fantastic gold medal at the Midland Counties Open Series at the Alexander Stadium in Birmingham.
Best of luck to all our athletes at their upcoming events.
Visit www.gllsportfoundation.org for more information about GLL’s Sport Foundation.
FINAL COUNTDOWN – APPLICATION DEADLINE
Re-apply to the GLL Sport Foundation to be a supported athlete through 2020/2021.
Applications are open until 20th February.
Apply today through this link GLL Sport Foundation Application Form