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Last month ITV approached SportsAid asking for some young up and coming athletes that have been inspired by the IAAF World Championships held in London. Two GLL Sport Foundation supported athletes were selected to take part in the filming for ITV news on the 15th of August. Filming took place on the track at the Crystal Palace National Sports Centre which is run by GLL. The athletes did their warm ups, some sprints together and had two separate interviews. This was shown on the 6pm news on ITV that same Tuesday night. Profiles of the athletes can be seen below.


Vera is a 100m and 60m sprinter. She races for Cambridge Harriers in South London.

  • Supported by SportsAid in 2017 (award from GLL Sports Foundation)
  • Has been enrolled at Oaklands College in St Albans where she now lives on campus to combine studying and training
  • Recently finished 5th in the 100m at the Commonwealth Youth Games and won silver in the 4x200m relay for Team England
  • Won the 100m at the England Athletics Under-17s Championships in August 2016
  • Idolises Jessica Ennis-Hill while seeing her own mum as her biggest inspiration due to the sacrifices she’s made for her


Amar is a T38 100m and 200m sprinter. He races for Thames Valley Harriers in North London.

  • Supported by SportsAid in 2017 (award from GLL Sports Foundation)
  • Diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 2011
  • Currently studying for a Sports Science degree at Brunel University
  • Won silver in the T35-38 100m and bronze in the T35-T38 200m at the World Junior Para Athletics Championships earlier this month
  • Idolises Muhammad Ali while seeing his own nan as his biggest inspiration and motivation due to the support she has given him
We’re proud to be working in partnership with SportsAid and hope there will be more opportunities such as these in the future.