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Ethan O'Shea

Ethan O'Shea



Track season is here!

It is with huge thanks to the grant from the Joe Humphreys Foundation I was able to purchase new running shoes, a running jacket and a pair of shorts. Since I received my grant I have competed in the London mini marathon where I finished 41st, i was very disappointed with my position because I had hoped for top 10 but unfortunately the week before the race i suffered with a nasty virus which took its toll.I am now able to move on and focus on the track season, I have had a promising start to the season running 4.14 for 1500m and 2.01 for 800m at the county championships. I am hoping to better these times as the season progresses.I will keep you posted on my performances. Once again thank you to Joe Humphreys Foundation for my grant and your continued support.Ethan O'Shea

2 days ago


Leicestershire and Rutland Club County Championships

Last weekend, on the 13th and 14th of May, I competed in the Leiecestershire and Rutland Club County Championships at the Pingles Stadium in Nuneaton. I competed in 5 events across the weekend, obtaining 3 gold medals in the 400m, 400m hurdles and 110m hurdles, as well as two silvers in the 100m and 200m. I managed to get three pbs at the event, with the biggest success coming in the 110m hurdles where I gained the English Schools qualifying time, which came as a big shock to me as my main focus this season has been on the 400m hurdles. The time I ran for the sprint hurdles now ranks me in the top 8 in the country, and as I focus more on the event I will hope to improve my times further and hopefully make the national final later on this year which will be held in Bedford.

Once again I would like to say a big thank you to the JHMT and the Inspire Award for their grant, I am already beginning to succeed as a result of it early on this season, and aim to continue improving within my sport.

18th May, 2017

Daisy Platts

Daisy Platts


Mare Nostrum Selection

I am very excited to have recently received my selection letter to compete in the Mare Nostrum Tour Canet, France.

My individual events are the 50m, 100m and 200m backstroke on 17th and 18th June.

I will compete as part of the Swim England team with a wider group of British Swimmers.

16th May, 2017

William Bell

William Bell


School Games 2017

Great news! I have been selected to represent Central England in the pool at the School Games 2017. The games are once again hosted by Loughborough University, as in 2016. It was a fantastic experience last year and I am really looking forward to racing with the team again.

4th May, 2017


British Swimming Championships 2017 April 18th - 23rd

I travelled up to Ponds Forge Sheffield for the British Championships for the week as I had qualified for three events 50m, 100m and 200m Breastroke.

This was by far the best British Champs I had competed in since 2012 at the Olympic Trials in London at the age of 14.

My first event on Tuesday was the 50m Breastroke where I went in ranked 14th, I made the Tokyo Final going in second fastest.

I won the Tokyo Final setting a new PB 32.29 and also breaking the Ladies Long course Leicestershire County Record

My main event 200m Breaststroke. I had not had a PB in this event for nearly three years and was hoping all the hard work I had put in over the last 7 months would pay off.

I went in ranked 22nd so was hoping I would make the Tokyo Final, I swam a new PB 2.29.56 .This time put me in the Open Final ranked 8th swimming against four Olympians.

I came 8th in the Final and achieved another County Record,pushed on by Jocelyn Ulyett, my training partner who went on to break the British 200M Breaststroke Record.

Had three days off racing then on Sunday it was the 100m Breaststroke. I wasn't sure if I would make a final as I was ranked 26th for this event.

Another event I hadn't moved on for a couple of years, so I was very pleased when I swam a new PB 1.10.78 and went in 4th for the Tokyo Final.

I finished 4th in the final and set another PB 1.09.92 and another Ladies County Record.

Had a BRILLIANT week racing, now for a few days off then back to training ready for the British Summer Nationals.

Great team Great coach.

Thank you

26th Apr, 2017

Daisy Platts

Daisy Platts



I have just returned from Sheffield after a very successful few days at British Champs.

I had qualified for 4 events - I gained 4 new pb's and secured a place in 2 junior finals, so needless to say I was very happy!

My biggest success was my 200m backstroke, I took almost 2 seconds off my time of last month swimming a 2:15:58 putting me in a much stronger position for British Nationals in July.

I also managed to go sub 30 seconds in my 50m backstroke (Long course) !!

Back to hard training now in preparation for British nationals.

24th Apr, 2017

William Bell

William Bell


British Trials 2017

What a week sharing the pool with the top athletes in British Swimming. A true inspiration. Really happy with my swims at this point in the LC season. PB in the 400 free and 200IM. Just over PB but my fastest ever heat swim time in the 200 breast and an amazing 1500 free. Took a massive 18 seconds off my PB, swimming a 15.59, 34 seconds faster than in March at ESSA's! Couldn't be happier to have some solid times posted in the qualifying window for British Summer Champs.

23rd Apr, 2017

Lucy Sharp

Lucy Sharp


Training update- April

After suffering an injury earlier this year, causing me to be unable to train or compete for nearly 2 months, I am now back to full fitness and training is going well. I have had some recent PB's and I am hoping to continue improving my times over the next few months.

I have the Deaf National age group championships over the Easter weekend... so no relaxing, eating Easter eggs for me! :)

9th Apr, 2017

Ethan O'Shea

Ethan O'Shea



My Cross Country season 2016/17

Firstly I would like to take this opportunity to thank JHMT for their kind grant and support with my athletic journey it is very much appreciated.

My recent Cross Country has been my most successful yet, it started with a large victory at the Leicestershire and Rutland County's race. Then being the runner-up at the Midland Cross Country in a tough race. I came 15th at the national Cross Country which was a good result but I knew I could do better, which I then proved in the UK inter counties at Nottingham where I came 8th and that topped off a successful Cross Country season.

I am currently ranked 11th in the UK according to this months addition of athletics weekly.

8th Apr, 2017

Sameer Chenia

Sameer Chenia



End of 2016/2017 Season

The last tournament of this years season was completed last weekend. A year on and I am still ranked an F player. However, I am now representing the U16's which means stronger and older players.

My national singles ranking has increased from 402 to 376.
My doubles ranking is now 352 from 458 and my mixed doubles ranking is now 168 from 762.

As you can see, there has been a significant increase in my mixed doubles ranking. This is because my main focus this season has been mixed doubles so I can achieve a similar ranking in all 3 disciplines. This brings me closer to my ambition of reaching international level as I should reach gold standard by the end of next season. Gold standard is the elite level of badminton in the country.

Whilst there have been no major highlights this season, every win is a step forward in the right direction. My goals are within closer reach and I see progress in my skill level and match awareness.

I plan to continue training during the off season with a view of improving my strength and increasing my stamina. This is the only way I can compete with older and stronger players.

JHMT has supported me once again and I cannot thank them enough!

2nd Apr, 2017