Aimee has been an ambassador on the GLL Sport Foundation programme for a number of years now. She competed at the Olympics in 2012 and still trains in the London Aquatics Centre which hosted the Olympic Swimming and is now run by GLL. Aimee has been selected for the Rio 2016 Olympics and we are prouder than ever to be supporting her sporting journey.
Amy said, “The GLL Sport Foundation provides great support for talented athletes and I myself benefited from this. The support from the GSF is amazing, as having another team believe in my potential is really encouraging. The funding and support continues to help with all aspects of my training and I thank them for all their help.”
Aled Davies is Paralympic athlete from Bridgend competing mainly in category F42 throwing events. In the London 2012 Summer Paralympics he took the bronze medal in shot putt and gold in the discus. Aled is now concentrating on the Rio Paralympics and hopes to come home with the gold.
Alexandra Rickham is a Paralympic sailor Rickham competed in the 2008 Paralympic Sailing Competition in the SKUD 18 two person keelboat class, where she finished fifth. Alexandra’s biggest success to date is winning a bronze medal at the London 2012 Paralympics. She hopes to come away with a gold in Rio.
Alexandra stated the GLL Sport Foundation ambassador award would her with the purchase of sails for the 2016 European race season in the lead up to Rio.
Amy Marren, currently only 17 years old became the SM9 200m individual medley world champion at the 2013 IPC Swimming World Championships and broke multiple world records in 2014. Amy was ill throughout 2015 but still managed to maintain a high level of swimming. Amy has now qualified and been selected for the Paralympics in Rio later this year.
Amy said, “The award will help me achieve my ambitions for 2016 in going to Rio. Obviously as an athlete the costs vary from month to month. Every time I enter competitions I am looking at around £70 for entries, and sometimes have to book overnight accommodation. On top of this I have my monthly training costs that I incur. GSF will help me to cover these costs.”
Ben Quilter, Paralympic judo athlete competed at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing and went on to win a bronze medal despite being injured at London 2012. Ben has since retired and is an ambassador for the GLL Sport Foundation programme.
Ben said, “I want to inspire the younger generation and still have an active coaching role in Judo. The GLL Sport Foundation provides great support not only financially, but giving free access to their facilities really can make the difference between first and second.”
Bianca competed at the Commonwealth Games in 2014 where she won bronze medals in the 200m and the 4x100m relay. Bianca is ranked fifth on the UK all time list with a time of 22.58 seconds over the 200m.
Bianca said, “The award will contribute to my warm weather trips, my pilates sessions, buying protein and foods to help me to recover. This will help me to reach my goal to get to the Olympic Games.”
Chris has competed in multiple World and European Championships all over the world representing Great Britain. He is partnered with fellow GLL Sport Foundation ambassador Jake Sheaf and they aim to one day make it to the Olympics.
Chris said, “Support from the GLLSF will allow myself and my team to further our professional development and compete at the highest level in our bid to qualify for future Olympic Games. It will allow us to reach competition venues and training camps with other high level opposition.”
Conrad has been very successful in relay events winning eight senior international medals including gold in the 4x400m at the Commonwealth Games and European Championships in 2014. At London 2012 although Conrad didn’t advance past the semi-finals, he was part of the 4x400m relay team that came 4th.
Conrad said, “The award will help to play for warm weather camp in Orlando this year, the most important time of the year for my training cycle in the lead up to Rio.”
A World Champion at Senior, U23 and Junior level, Constantine Louloudis also has a medal from the London 2012 Olympic Games in his ever-growing collection. Constantine was part of the men’s eight that took away a bronze in London. He has now been selected for the Rio Olympics later this year.
Constantine said, “A sport like rowing incurs a lot of costs, from travelling to and from daily training in Reading and Marlow, to going up and down the country for racing and trials, to equipment such as single scull and oards, a stroke metre, and cycling equipment for cross training. It also costs a lot sourcing plenty of good quality food on a daily basis to keep me fuelled. A grant would really help towards meeting some of these costs.”
Daniel was selected to represent Great Britain at the Beijing Olympics in the Decathlon finishing 21st overall. He was then selected again at the London 2012 Olympics but had to withdraw after injuring his knee in the long jump. Since, Daniel has now decided to concentrate on the 400m and is now training with Coach Zah at Mile End stadium run by GLL.
Daniel has been a GLL Sport Foundation ambassador for several years and said, “I look forward to presenting the foundation through the Olympic year and show that they support it generates is well and truly amazing.”
Daniel had a breakthrough in 2015 moving up to 5th place on the UK all time list. He competed at the World Championships last year in Beijing which gave him invaluable experience on how to perform on a World Stage in a championship environment. Daniel is looking to be selected for the Rio Olympics this year and already has the qualifying standard.
Daniel said, “I feel that with the help of GLL I will be able to support myself and facilitate what is necessary for me to reach the pinnacle of mine and many other sports.”
Daniel has represented England and Great Britain on numerous occasions, with his biggest success being at the 2010 Commonwealth Games when he won a bronze medal in the men’s 1500m freestyle. Daniel also competed at the London 2012 Olympics and came fifth in the Open Water 10km and 8th in the 1500m freestyle.
Daniel said, “the support will help me in allowing me to focus on training and competitions more by taking away some of the stress of financing my dream. It will also go towards the costs incurred for training camps needed in my preparation to make the Olympic team.”
Darius got involved with Table Tennis when he was 10 years old and represented England for the first time when he was 12. At the age of 14, he had his debut playing for the England Men’s Senior team at the 6 Nations. Since then, Darius has been in the top five in the English Senior Rankings, peaking at number two when he was 18. He is currently sitting at number 5.
Daryll, at just 19 years old is on the short list for Great Britain’s 4x100m women’s relay team and is on the long list to compete in the women’s 100m individual event. She competed in the relay at the World Championships last year in Beijing placing 4th.
Daryll said, “The award will provide lots of support to me in many ways, such as help to contribute towards coaching fees, warm weather training camp fees, supplements and equipment which I will need on my journey to Rio.”
On 24 May 2015 Dina broke Montell Douglas’s British 100m record with a time of 11.02 seconds. On 25 July 2015 she became the first ever British woman to run the 100m in under 11 seconds. Asher-Smith ran 10.99 seconds at the London Anniversary Games. On 28 August 2015 she set a new British record of 22.07 seconds in the 200m, finishing fifth at the World Athletics Championship in Beijing. Dina will no doubt be heading to the Olympic Games out in Rio.
Gavin is ranked 6th in the World for Table Tennis and because British Champion for the first time in September – his best year to date. Gavin has also had success at the Commonwealth Games, World Championships of Ping Pong and Finland World Pro Tour with Top 8 and Top 16 finishes. Gavin now coaches racket sports – if you’re interested in being coached by a Table Tennis star please see his website here.
Gavin said, “This award would provide me with much needed financial assistance to win the biggest events abroad.”
Gemma started Judo at the age of 6 and has never looked back. Studying at the University of Bath, Gemma won bronze at the World University Games in 2009. More significantly, Gemma came away with a silver medal at the London 2012 Olympics, despite being ranked 42nd in the world at the time. She is still looking to be selected for the Rio Olympics.
Gemma said, “My goal is to become Olympic Champion. The support will be used to self fund tournaments on the world tour in order to win points and qualify for the Olympics.”
Helen is currently trying to gain selection for Team GB at the Olympics. There is one spot left on the British women’s team for Helen to aim for. Helen is the 2008 and 2011 ITU World Champion and competed at London 2012 gaining a respectable 5th place.
Helen said, “I appreciate the use of the facilities in Bridgend and the grant from GLL over the past year, it definitely helps make my training environment easier and better. I’d like to give back to the GLL programme by doing some mentoring with the young athletes with so much potential in the Bridgend area.”
Jade represented Team GB at the 2004 and 2008 Olympics in the Long Jump. Jade placed 4th at the 2003 World Championships and won a silver medal at the 2002 Commonwealth Games. Jade has since retired but is still a Legacy Ambassador of the GLL Sport Foundation.
Jade said, “I want to continue to work with the GLL Sport Foundation as a Legacy Ambassador and pass on my experience and knowledge to aspiring young sports people.”
Jake is partnered with fellow GLL Sport Foundation athlete Chris Gregory. Jake has competed in multiple World and European Championships all over the world representing Great Britain.
Jake said, “Chris and I continue to compete on the world stage in order to qualify for the Rio 2016 Olympics. We devote our whole time to training and competitions despite not receiving any UK Sport funding.”
James is part of the Great Britain squad that has been selected for the Rio 2016 Olympics. James was the first ever Briton to be a European Champion in fencing in 2014. James was selected to take part in the ‘Masters’ competition where only the Top 8 in the World were involved in the event.
James said, “The continued support from the GLL Sport Foundation without doubt has enabled me to continue training at the level I have been. It has provided the support which helped me attend some international training camps with world class athletes, crucial to my development.”
Jonathan, also known as JJ started fencing at the age of 11 and has worked his way up the ranks quickly. JJ is one of six British Sabre Fencers to be put on the British Fencing World Class Programme. JJ’s ultimate goal is the medal at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. JJ is on the Greenwich Starting Blocks programme, working in partnership with the GLL Sport Foundation,
JJ said, “I am very proud to have been awarded the Starting Blocks Ambassador Award and to have represented my borough in this role. It has been a privilege to act as a sporting ambassador and role model for the younger generation in the borough.”
Joseph qualified for the Olympics by coming 7th at the European Championships last year, and is the only British athlete to have secured eligibility. Joseph has taken a break from his studies at Bath University to concentrate on the lead up to Rio.
Joseph said the award will enable him to afford the best training and support to achieve the goal of going to Rio.
Joseph is captain of the London Lions Basketball Team. He previously played for Newcastle Eagles and came over to the London Lions at 2013. The London Lions are in the Premiership, finishing a respectable 6th this season.
Joseph said, “Without the GLL Sport Foundation award and support you provide me personally, I may not be able to dedicate my full time to basketball and sustain the high performance level that I have in the past. With your support, me and the London Lions will continue to strive and achieve the success that we believe we can.”
Justin competes in the Wheelchair Marathon and completed in three marathons in one month this year! There are two spots available for the Paralympics and three athletes that have the qualifying time. Justin awaits to see if he is selected to represent Team GB.
Justin has attended many GLL Sport Foundation events and truly does inspire the next generation.
Lucy is a Paralympic Wheelchair Tennis player who made history at London 2012 winning Great Britain’s first ever women’s wheelchair tennis medal, alongside partner Jordanne Whiley. Lucy is currently ranked 7th in the world and is aiming for her biggest success in Rio.
Lucy said, “Competing in over 20 International tournaments every year, your support would be very much appreciated in helping me to supplement my training and contribute towards increasing travel and competition costs.”
Luke achieved very good results as a junior, and is now making the transition to senior. He competed in the Olympic trials in April and although won gold in the 200m backstroke, did not quite make the qualifying time for Rio. Luke’s long term goal is to be selected for the Olympics in Toyko.
Luke said, “This support will contribute towards costs of travelling to competitions, accommodation and train in a 50m pool on a regular basis.”
Lutalo is a British Taekwondo athlete; he won a gold medal at the European Championships in 2012 and also a bronze at the 2012 Olympics. He was controversially selected in a different weight category over another athlete and the same selection dilemma will happen again for Rio.
Lutalo said, “Undoubtedly funding from GLL for a professional athlete like myself is immeasurable especially when you have little sponsorship. It would be an honour to work in the role as a GLL ambassador and it would go a long way towards me achieving sporting success this Olympic year.”
Marcus is part of the squad of four that has been selected for the Rio Olympic Games. It will be Marcus’ first Olympics and recently turned 26 so is in his prime. Marcus was part of the team that won gold at the European Games in 2015.
Marcus said, “The multilateral scope of the GLL Sport Foundation would give me the opportunity to help more people push towards their sporting goals. Throughout my sporting career I have funded myself through part time work, studied at University and qualified for the European and World Champs.”
Marilyn has represented Team GB on a number of occasions. She won bronze at the World Championships twice but unfortunately has been plagued with injuries, but is back on form now and hoping for Rio selection. This would be Marilyn’s third Olympics, so she would bring a vast amount of knowledge and experience to the team.
Marilyn said, “I owe a huge thank you to GLL who generously prompted me with a gym membership during the summer of 2015. This hugely aided my rehabilitation and thanks to classes such as spinning and yoga, as well as high quality gym equipment access, my return to running was seamless and very smooth.”
Martyn is a GB High Jumper whose biggest successes to date are winning a silver medal in the 2006 Commonwealth Games and a bronze medal at the European Indoor Championships in 2007. Martyn is hoping for selection for Rio and will bring his experience into Team GB.
Martyn said, “Over the past 12 months the journey has not been exactly as planned, there has been some unexpected bumps in the road, but throughout, the help and support from the GLL Sport Foundation has been tremendously valuable and much appreciated.”
Mercy is a 19 year old weightlifter and holds six British records. Mercy won two bronze medals at the senior European Championships last month. Unfortunately Team GB can only take one athlete out to Rio, so there are lots of talented girls aiming for one spot.
Mercy said, “GLL has been a funding source that has been helping me from the very start of my lifting career and has been helpful in achieving many of my goals. I would love to continue to work with GLL in further improving myself and the group who has offered their continual support. I am truly grateful and look forward to continually working with GLL.”
Michael is an Irish middle distance para athlete. He has won many medals includind golds at the World Championships in 2006, and the Paralympics in 2008, and setting a Paralympic record over 800m. Michael set two world records and won two gold medals at the London 2012 Paralympics, and looks to do the same again in Rio.
Michael said, “I have been given the chance to be the Belfast ambassador, this allows me the opportunity to inspire and link with the next generation of athletes and making the young athletes understand the importance of having a network of support staff around them, when it comes to competing at the highest level. With the help of the GLL Sport Foundation young athletes will have the opportunity to gain vital resources to be able to train and compete at competitive level. Young athletes will have access to funding training and sports science support, all of which are vital to succeed in sport.”
Michaela is an England winger that represented England at the Rugby World Cup in 2010. She was also named in the squad for the 2014 Rugby World Cup and captained England at the 2013 Sevens World Cup. Michaela was awarded the IRB Women’s Player of the Year in 2012. She is hoping for Rio selection before heading into retirement.
Michaela said, “I honestly believe the support can take away or at least reduce a large amount of stress, worry and anxiety athletes have to bare to compete for their country.”
Montell is a former British record holder for the 100m. Motell represented Great Britain at the 2008 Olympics, and was part of the 4x1000m relay team at the 2007 World Championships that finished 4th. Montell is 30, so coming to the end of her career but hopes to go to one more Olympic Games.
Montell said, “As a senior athlete with recent injury battles, I am on the right path and training towards Rio. With no current assistance, GLL greatly helps with accessing training venues as well as the fantastic support provided with sport performance workshops and services.”
Nigel is a GB sprinter, excelling in indoor competitions. He was part of the bronze medal winning GB team at the 2007 indoor Championships in Doha. In 2013 he won a silver medal in the 400m at the European Indoor Championships and also helped towards Team GB’s gold in the relay.
Nigel said, “The backing will go towards living cost in London and warm weather camps, training facility membership, supplements and hotels for trials.
Pamela only started rowing 6 years ago so is relatively new to the sport. Pamela was part of the quad that won gold at the London 2012 Paralympics. She is the sister of Monica Relph, GB Women’s Senior rowing Squad member. The sisters were the first to compete for Great Britain in a World Rowing Championships at Chunju, South Korea in August 2013. Pamela is looking to win gold again at the the Rio Games.
Pamela said, “I am very grateful for the support provided to me so far from the GLL Sport Foundation and the use of the facilities near me has been imperative to my training and recovery. The added financial aid is very valuable and would help me save towards equipment needed for my sport – specifically at the moment I am saving for a road bike in order to give myself further modality for training.”
Perri had a very successful career in the 400m hurdles but has been forced to concentrate on the 400m due to a knee injury back in 2013. Perri won a bronze medal at the European Championships in 2010. Although Perri didn’t medal at London 20112, she is hoping to be given another chance at the Rio Games. The European 2013 Championships was Perri’s best performance winning a Gold running 50.85 seconds.
Rhys is a Welsh athlete that competes in the 400m Hurdles. Rhys had a very successful childhood in sports winning excelling in rugby, swimming and athletics. Rhys was most successful at the European Championships and won a bronze in 2006 and upgraded to a silver in 2010, behind fellow Welshman Dai Greene. Rhys missed out on selection for the 2008 Olympics due to a stress fracture in his foot. Rhys finally got gold at the Europeans in 2012 and made the semi finals at London 2012.
Rhys said, “I am passionate about helping people in their sport and in the community. This ambassador award gives me the opportunity to do just that.”
Richard is an experienced fencer heading to his fourth Olympic Games this year. He is part of the 4 man squad including fellow GLL Sport Foundation supported athlete Marcus Mepstead in the foil team heading to Rio. Richard was part of the team that won a shock gold medal in the European Championships last year.
Richard said, “GLL have supported me for a number of years now. The money is very helpful in supplementing my APA of 12k. The money is used to hep me with my living costs in London. I believe I am in one of the strongest Men’s Foil teams that Britain has ever produced ahead of Rio.”
Sarah’s biggest achievement is winning a gold medal at the 2012 European Championships. Sarah also competed a the London 2012 Olympics gaining 5th Place. Sarah trains down in Plymouth where she started her career under Andy Banks’ watch, breaking into the junior GB set-up in 2003 then winning British Championship gold in 2005.
Sarah said,”As I am coming to the end of my career I would like to start giving back advcide and experience I have learnt throughout my career of 16 years It has ceetainly not been a straight road, but I have had the determination to conitnue and pick myself back up in order to be proud of the things I have achieved. I would like to remind young sports stars of this.”
Susie has won over 20 international medals to date, so it was no surprise when she was selected for Rio. At the IPC European Championships this year Susie won five gold medals, anchoring her place in the Great Britain Squad and showing why she was selected.
Susie said, “I have been supported by GLL now for over 5 years and I continue to be very grateful for your support on my journey as a para swimmer. This year my funding through GSB has allowed me to access to train at various GLL leisure centres free of charge”
Tom burst on to the scene in 2009 when he was crowned the World Champion at the age of 15. Since, he has won two gold medals for England at the 20120 Commonwealth games, and a bronze at London 2012, which is where his popularity grew. Tom medalled at the Euopean Championships in 2016 and looks ahead to do the same in Rio.
Tom is a long distance runnier specialising in 5000m. He first represented Great Britain in 2013 at the European U23 Championships and came 2nd. Since transitioning onto the senior circuit, Tom has reached finals at European and World Championships. Tom is looking to be selected for his first Olympics this summer.
Tom said, “The support from GLL will help me achieve the goal of being picked to represent Great Britain at the Olympics with most of the funding going towards medical and travel.”
Tosin is a Nigerian triple jumper going into his last Olympic Games before retirement. At London 2012, Tosin finished 7th in the Triple Jump, the best Nigerian result of the games. He wanted to better his 7th place at Rio and hopes to come away with a medal.
Tosin said, “All financial support helps, I see it as helping me get one step closer to the Rio Olympic Games, and being the best when it matters most. I take my role as a current ambassador very seriously, I try to ensure I attend all events I am invited to, and conduct myself according toe the highest standards both in person and through social media.”
Tully Kearney, at 19 years old broke onto the international scene in 2015 with four gold medals at the World Championships in Glasgow and has booked her place at her first Paralympics in Rio. Kearney’s most impressive year to date has been 2015, she set a series of personal bests and won MC 100m Butterfly bronze at the 2015 British Para-Swimming International Meet in Glasgow, earning her a spot at the 2015 World Championships, also in Glasgow. Having been reclassified to S9, Kearney was one of the stars of the IPC World Championships winning four golds, one silver and one bronze medal, setting European records in 400m Freestyle, 100m Butterfly and 200m Individual Medley.
Zoe currently holds the British record for clean and jerk. In October 2010 Zoe won a bronze medal in the women’s 58kg division at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi, India, her first senior international competition, to become the first Englishwoman to win a Commonwealth Games weightlifting medal. Zoe represented Team GB at the London 2012 Olympics and came a respectable 12th place in her weight class. Zoe will be fighting for the one female spot for the Rio Games.