Ben Pritchard talks about his journey and how he managed to find success after being paralysed from the rib cage down.
London Great Dane Hanbdall Club, a supported club on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park with a direct legacy link to the London Development Corporation
Imani Lansiquot, the second fastest British junior of all time, hopes to be an encouragement to young women and show that there is “more to life than where you are from or your background.”
It was August 2011, when I made the decision to put my career as a medical doctor on hold, to concentrate fully on my athletic training. I have had the fortune of representing my country at several of the world’s global championships.
I would like to say a huge thank you to GLL for supporting Jacob in his quest to become a GB Para Swimmer. Since Jacob has been supported by GLL he has competed in the CP Nationals in Nottingham where he won 5 medals.
After being inspired watching the 2012 Paralympic Games in London, I attended a para-fest in December of that year where I was tested by Great Britain Cycling Team coaches.
I want to reach more world level finals in Vert and maybe start to podium. I also want to compete next year at world level in Skate Park and hopefully make it out to Tokyo in this discipline for the UK.
I started triathlon nearly 3 years ago now. I had previously run cross country and played hockey for my university (so not swum competitively or even picked up a bike!)
My short term goals, for next season, will be to be selected for the GB team for the World U20 Championships in Finland and to improve my personal bests for 400m, 800m and 1500m.
Being crowned Senior ABA champ in 2012 was my biggest accomplishment to date and I am, with the help of GLL, working towards emulating that achievement as a pro.
Last season was a phenomenal season for me when I became European Junior Champion in Hungary for the 200m Butterfly, with a new British age group record of 2.08.87.
2016 was the biggest of my weightlifting career to date. I represented Wales and the United Kingdom and got to travel the world. My biggest achievements to date have been winning the Welsh Seniors….
My biggest achievement to day would probably be winning the Commonwealth Youth Games in Samoa alongside my 10 national titles. I am fully hoping to take home a gold medal at the Commonwealth Games….
I am optimistic about the rest of the summer however, as I know I am playing well and putting in good, hard work. Hopefully this year I can push on and achieve my goals of winning another futures title and making the final of an ATP challenger event.
My biggest honour so far in my Career is being selected to represent Team GB in the Rio Paralympic games 2016 in the mens T54/ T53 wheelchair marathon. The race did not go to plan and finished 14th after a technical problem….
2017 has been an interesting year competitively where I have taken advantage of being able to enter senior events, as well as continuing to progress through the Under-14s and Under-15s. Fencing likes its age categories…..
Shelayna Oskan-Clarke represented Great Britain at the Rio Olympic Games where she reached the semi-finals. As the reigning British Champion, she hopes to retain her title and qualify for the World Championships in London 2017.
It was such an honour and amazing opportunity to have been selected to go to Rio Paralympics as part of the Paralympic Inspiration Programme. I took away so much from 6 days we had!
This back injury has been going on for a few months now, I believe originally I was diagnosed from an incident where my knee ‘gave way’ in a training session. We were doing a high intensity circuit in the sand pit and were all partnered off.
I have had an extremely successful athletics season in my final year at Loughborough University. I broke the Warwickshire county senior record with a distance of 66.96m which was selected as the best performance of the championships.
Follow your dreams. It’s an incredible feeling to say that i have reached my goal of becoming an Olympian and winning an Olympic medal. It is not an easy task otherwise everyone would do it however, the drive that you create from within the heart will get you through the tough days.
GLL support is massive to someone like me who competes in a mulit-discipline sport, and the support from GLL makes a massive difference in helping to alleviate some of the financial burden.
Lutalo has been supported through the GLL Sport Foundation since 2008, when he was a junior fighter looking to mate it on the international circuit. He has continually been supported through out his two Olympic cycles.
GLL is extremely supportive in my journey as an athlete. Being able to access facilities all over London for me is extremely valuable with my hectic schedule and the money has been a great asset towards warm weather training camps.
Having a supportive team which includes Meera’s coach and parents is exceptionally important in this sport. Building this framework and foundation has helped her to where she is so far, and will continue to do so in the future.
GLL has really helped me to be able to continue my journey on the Road to Rio. I have been able to use my local facilities to train, and have been able to have access to sports massages and physio for recovery which has been a great help.
Pamela Relph MBE, “Winning a gold medal at London 2012 was really special. Since then I have won 3 consecutive world championships.” Pamela has been selected for Rio and aims to retain her gold medal.
My biggest achievements so far have been finishing in 10th place in Youth catagory (15/16yrs) in the 2014 World Junior Open Water Championships; in this race I was also the 6th fastest European swimmer.
Not only do I get funding that goes towards renewing and fixing my kit each season but I also get a gym membership that gives me the accessibility to train where ever I am in London.
Marilyn is 5 times 800m National Champion and is the current National Record Holder for 600m and 4x400m. She has made appearances in either the Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Team GB or Team England for 9 consecutive years.
The GLL Sport Foundation has helped me a lot this year, they have given me support for my rocky season. I had to go up to Leeds from Plymouth for recovery and rehab and the GLL has helped fund my time up there along with British Diving.
JJ’s biggest achievement to date was placing 4th with a 8.10m PB at the European Championships in 2012. Another highlight for him was making the final of both the European Championships and Commonwealth Games in 2014.
Oscar Nilsson-Julien, 14, Track & Road Cyclist, Kentish Town – After cycling at Herne Hill Velodrome for a few years, Oscar started racing for VC Londres as a 12-year old and won bronze at the national youth omnium in his first year of racing.
14 year old GSF supported Judo athlete Thea Griffey has had a fantastic two months of competitions. Thea is the Sussex Champion and won many National medals throughout 2015 and carrying on into 2016.
My biggest achievement is swimming for Great Britain Deaf Swimming Team 6 times, reaching several finals in a relay teams, at the World Championships getting a Bronze Medal for my part in the 4x100m Freestyle Mixed Team.
GLL Sport Foundation has helped me by supporting me with gym memberships, allowing me to use their great facilities around London and Surrey. In addition, Sport Science workshops which led me to taking Sport Science at University.
Joe is Multi World & European Masters group medallist. April 2016 won European Masters Athletics Championship M45 60m Hurdles with a new European record time of 8.35secs.
The GLL Sport Foundation has helped me a lot with my training, it’s great to have such close access to a really well equipped gym, its helped a lot with my conditioning! Thanks so much for the continued support.
This year I have been selected for the U20 GB team at the Junior World Orienteering Championships to be held in Switzerland in July, and well as the U18 GB team for the Junior European Cup in Scotland in September.
Noah Capps lives in South Devon and has been surfing since seven years of age and surfs or trains every day. When he’s not in the surf, you will find him skating and now increasingly in the pool and at the gym at his local sports centre.
My greatest achievement to date is taking a bronze medal at the European Junior championships in 2013 in the 400m hurdles event, I ran a time of 50.71s which ranks me 5th on the UK u20 all-time lists.
My biggest achievement would be at last years sprint and marathon national championships. There, I obtained 5 National Titles (K2: 1000m, 500m, 200m and marathon, and K1: 200m) this was probably my most successful and biggest competition.
As a Modern Pentathlete, I train long hours and the road to achieving my goals and targets can be a difficult one. The recognition alone that your award brings, gave me a huge boost and I really appreciate the moral support it gives.
I have been so fortunate to attend many major events within my discipline of Synchronised Swimming, probably the highlight for me was the World Championships in Barcelona in 2013, however the European Games in Baku was also a key competition for me.