A MEDAL HAUL OF 59 FOR GSF ATHLETES AT BIRMINGHAM 2022 COMMONWEALTH GAMES!

The success of the UK’s largest independent athlete support programme, the GLL Sport Foundation has once again been recognised, with 59 athletes, who’ve received financial or practical help from the Foundation, winning medals at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.

GSF past and present athletes from across the United Kingdom won a total of 21 gold, 21 silver, and 17 bronze medals in a range of sports spanning everything from swimming, athletics, and weightlifting to wheelchair basketball, hockey, and tennis.

The medalists represented England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland and included Andrea Spendolini-Siriex & Noah Williams (Diving), Aiden & Michaela Walsh (Boxing), Hannah Russell & Grace Harvey (Swimming), Daryll Neita (Athletics), and Anna Hursey (Table Tennis).

In 2022 over 1,500 talented athletes secured funding from the Sport Foundation, with 146 selected to represent their nations at the historic Birmingham Games.  Overall 87% of supported athletes receive no other centralised or independent assistance, highlighting the huge practical challenges many face when aspiring to compete at the top level.

Daryll Neita, who secured a bronze in the women’s 100m and a silver in the 4×4 100m relay said: “I am so thankful for the support I have received from GLL Sport Foundation. My first individual medal ever is extremely special and I would not be here if it wasn’t for the support I have received from the GLL ‘family’.”

Fiona Crackles (Camden) following her Gold Medal with Team England in the Women’s Hockey said: “The Commonwealth Games in Birmingham were phenomenal. I can still feel the roar from the crowds in my chest when we won our gold medal match. “

Daryll Neita - Greenwich - Athletics
Simon Lawson - Allerdale - Athletics

Saffron Severn, part of England’s bronze medal-winning rhythmic gymnastics team, trains at Better Gym Bexleyheath, Saffron said: “If it wasn’t for being able to access GLL facilities I don’t know how I would’ve got through. I would like to thank all the GLL staff for their support.”

Simon Lawson (Allerdale) following his success in the wheelchair marathon said: “The games were Brilliant! Birmingham hosted the games incredibly! Team England provided us all with great support and helped us deliver medals!  I am proud to be a GSF athlete and couldn’t have achieved my medal without the help and support!”

Peter Bundey, GLL Sport Foundation Chair, paid tribute to the medal winning athletes commenting:  “We know the enormous hard work, sacrifice and dedication that goes into becoming an elite athlete and it is hugely rewarding to see so many of the athletes we are helping or have assisted in the past, achieving the success that they deserve.

“The 2022 Commonwealth Games are particularly special being on home soil and it has been great to see the diverse pool of talent, within our cohort of supported athletes, winning across such a wide range of sports, while representing each of the four home nations.

“These Games have demonstrated the need for a Foundation like ours and its ability to make a real difference. Without the appropriate financial and practical support many talented sportsmen and women might otherwise not have achieved their full potential or had the honour of representing their country.”

The GLL Sport Foundation is designed to give young talented athletes financial assistance, access to sports facilities and athlete support services. It works in partnership with SportsAid, SportsAid Wales and the Mary Peters Trust in Northern Ireland as well as numerous sporting, medical and local authority partners.

Commonwealth Medallists supported by the GLL Sport Foundation:

 

Alex Yee Triathlon Men’s individual Gold
David Ellis Triathlon Para Triathlon Gold
Alex Yee & Sam Dickinson Triathlon Mixed Relay Gold
Alice Tai Swimming Women’s 100m Backstroke S8 Gold
Ashley McKenzie Judo Men -60 kg Gold
Daniel Powell Judo Men -73 kg Gold
Orlan Jackman Basketball 3×3 Mens Gold
Jamal Petgrave Judo  Men -90 kg Gold
Aled Davies Athletics Men’s Discus Throw F42-44/61-64 Gold
Tom Dean Swimming Men’s 4 x 100m Medley Relay Gold
Andrea Spendolini Siriex Diving Women’s 10m platform Gold
Matty Lee & Noah Williams Diving Men’s Synchronised 10m Platform Gold
Nick Miller Athletics Men’s Hammer Throw Gold
Joshua Stacey Table Tennis Men’s Singles Classes 8-10 Gold
Jono Efoloko Athletics Men’s 4×100 relay Gold
Dylan Eagleson Boxing Men’s Over 51kg-54kg (Bantamweight) Gold
Fiona Crackles, Tess Howard &Izzy Petter Hockey Women’s Hockey Gold
Aidan Walsh Boxing Men’s Over 67kg-71kg (Light Middle) Gold
Michaela Walsh Boxing Women’s Over 54kg-57kg (Featherweight) Gold
Grace Reid Diving Mixed Synchronised 3m Springboard Gold
Andrea Spendolini Siriex  & Noah Williams Diving Mixed Synchronised 10m Platform Gold
Tom Dean & Anna Hopkins Swimming Mixed relay Silver
Tom Dean Swimming 200m Freestyle Silver
Hannah Russell Swimming Women’s 50m Freestyle S13 Silver
Tom Dean Swimming Men’s 4×100 relay Silver
Anna Hopkin Swimming Women’s 4×100 relay Silver
Jessica Gordon-Brown Weightlifting 59kg Women Silver
Dominic Coy Triathlon Mixed relay Silver
Brodie Williams Swimming Men’s 100m Backstroke final Silver
Tom Dean Swimming  100m Freestyle Silver
Grace Harvey Swimming Women’s 100m Breaststroke SB6 Silver
Tom Dean Swimming Men’s 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay Silver
Gemma Howell Judo Women’s 63kg Silver
Jade Lally Athletics Discuss Silver
Tom Dean Swimming Men’s 200m Individual Medley Silver
Jessica-Jane Applegate Swimming Women’s 200m Freestyle S14 Silver
Andrea Spendolini Siriex  & Eden Cheng Diving Women’s Synchronised 10m Platform Silver
Victoria Ohuruogu Athletics Women’s 400m Silver
Daryll Neita,  Asha Philip,  Imani Lansiquot & Bianca Williams Athletics Women’s 4×100 relay Silver
Carly McNaul Boxing Women’s Over 48kg-50kg (Light Fly) Silver
Kyle Kothari Diving Mixed Synchronised 10m Platform Silver
Sarah-Jane Perry Squash Women’s doubles Silver
Simon Lawson Athletics T53/54 Wheelchair marathon Bronze
Abderrahim Taghrest Basketball 3×3 Wheelchair final Bronze
Jasmine Hacker-Jones Judo Women’s 63kg Bronze
Jade Atkin & Joy Haizelden Basketball Women’s 3×3 Wheelchair Basketball Bronze
Kelly Peterson-Pollard Judo Women’s 70kg Bronze
James Hollis Swimming Men’s 100m Butterfly S10 Bronze
Sarah-Jane Perry Squash Women’s Singles Bronze
Louise Fiddes Swimming Women’s 200m Freestyle S14 Bronze
Anna Hopkin Swimming Women’s 4 x 100m Medley Relay Bronze
Daryll Neita Athletics Women’s 100m Bronze
Saffron Severn Gymnastics Rhythmic women’s team Bronze
Scott Lincoln Athletics Men’s Shot Put Bronze
Robyn Birch & Emily Martin Diving Women’s Synchronised 10m Platform Bronze
Javier Bello & Joaquin Bello Beach Volleyball Men’s Beach Volleyball Bronze
Matty Lee Diving Men’s 10m Platform Bronze
Anna Hursey Table Tennis Women’s Doubles Bronze
Emily Boyd Diving Mixed Synchronised 10m Platform Bronze