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 – DECEMBER 2019
We are pleased to announce that the November Athlete of the Month winner is
Hal Jones (Fencing) who won silver at the U17 British ranking competition on 2nd November which saw him selected to represent Great Britain in Copenhagen at the end of November. He has just returned from representing GBR in this competition with an excellent bronze medal for the men’s team whilst competing for GBR2 who beat GBR1 as well as teams from Sweden and Finland, before being knocked out by the eventual gold winners Estonia. He has now moved to number 9 in the UK rankings so will be invited to the next Internationals in Bratislava and Krakow.
Atl Ongay-Perez (Figure Skating) and his skating partner brought back a fantastic bronze medal from a recent international competition – The Volvo Open Cup in Riga at the beginning of the month which saw them join Europe's list of top intermediate novice skaters. The competition included a high standard of figure skating with eight other contenders from the Baltic group, known to be the cradle of the world's elite skating squads who consistently dominate the ice dance contests on the podium. Ashlie and Atl’s performance started with a seventh position on the “fourteen step”. But just as they did in Budapest, they bounced back with strong determination and moved to third place on the second pattern dance the “tango”. Their most impressive performance was reserved for the free dance and this time they excelled obtaining also a new personal best with 32.78 points. The overall rating of pattern dances plus free dance got them the bronze medal and a well deserved personal best. At the Open d'Andorra last week, they moved up a notch and got a silver medal in a close competition with a Russian couple. They came second in the first pattern dance, the Foxtrot, being just 1.30 points behind with their best score ever on this dance. On the second dance, the European Waltz they came on top with an advantage of 0.33 points. Finally, on the free dance they came second just with a difference of 1.45 points. Overall, they returned with a silver medal and achieved another impressive personal best.
Kace Bartley (Squash) competed in the Capra Baerum Open 2019 which was held in Norway. Impressively she reached the Quarter Finals, by dispatching a home athlete 3-0 (11-2 11-2 11-3) in the first round. Unfortunately she went out in the next round to an eventual finalist – However, Kace has a chance to gain revenge where she comes up against the same opponent in the first round of the Monte Carlo Squash Classic in December.
Skye Mavolwane Wright (Cycling) competed in the BMX Regional C Racing under the Roof 2019/20 Round Two in the Expert Female 13-14 category with an excellent 8th place achieving a score of 8 points to her season total.
Her brother Xander Mavolwane Wright (Cycling) also competed in the same competition in the Expert Male 11-12 category accomplishing a superb 2nd place finish which secured a huge 18 points to his season tally. Oliver Wollaston (Cycling) backed up some recent good performances with a 12th place finish at the Full Gas Winter Circuit Series Event.
Hector Jones (Fencing) won bronze on the 9th November at the Cocksmoor fencing competition in the U11s. He pushed the eventual winner all the way but was unfortunate to lose 5-6 in the semi final. Hector followed up this excellent performance with an 8th place at the most recent elite Epee competition meaning he has impressively stayed in the top 8 U12 boys in the elite Epee junior series and has been invited to the upcoming grand final. Sabrina Jones (Fencing) won a superb bronze medal in the south west Epee Senior champs in October which was made all the more impressive as she was one of the youngest fencers there.