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Welsh International

Last Wednesday, I had the honour of representing England, running for the England Midlands team in the 110m hurdles at the Welsh International in Cardiff as a result of winning the Midlands Championship last month.
This was my first time at earning a national vest and I had an amazing experience; the event has made me even more eager to earn more national vests and continue to represent my country in the future.
A huge thank you to the Inspire team for gifting me a grant earlier on this year, without their support I would not be at this stage with my athletics!

17th Jul, 2017

Daisy Platts

Daisy Platts


Mare Nostrum and British Nationals

I had a wonderful experience at Mare Nostrum, Canet. I competed in the 50m, 100m and 200m backstroke, making the finals in the 200m backstroke.

I made some new friends whilst there and had a very enjoyable experience. My times weren't the fastest but as I wasn't tapered for the races, my coach and I were both happy.

Looking forward and training hard for my main end of season meet, the British Nationals. Taper... here I come!!!

9th Jul, 2017

Lucy Sharp

Lucy Sharp



Lucy Sharp

Less than a week to go and I'll be off to Turkey and the Deaflympics!

Training has been going very well. Since finishing my GCSE's I have been going to the gym most days as well as my normal swimming sessions so I'm feeling fit and raring to go.

I recently competed at the National junior Para's in Sunderland (that was a long journey on a Friday night and Sunday evening!) and came away with 4 PB's along with 4 Gold Medals. It was great to see other deaf swimmers there along with other inspiring swimmers.

-Lucy :)

9th Jul, 2017

Millie  O'Connell

Millie O'Connell



Summer Fundraiser party!

My most recent fundraising event, last Sunday (2nd July) was a very successful summer BBQ with my friends! I sold tickets for £7.50 each, which included food, drinks and entertainment, and everyone had a great time. We spent the sunny afternoon doing a range of activities from river swimming, kayaking and boat rides to playing table tennis, volley ball and lots of dancing!! People enjoyed it so much there has already been requests for another one soon!! The party was a great success and overall I raised £290 towards my trip, at the same time as having lots of fun with my friends.

9th Jul, 2017

English Schools Athletics Championship

Yesterday I competed in the English School Championship at the Alexander Stadium in Birmingham, unfortunately my race didn't go to plan on the day and therefore I did not make the final, despite the fact that my personal best was well within the time.

Although I was gutted with my performance I had an amazing time at the championship, staying over in a hotel with my fellow team members from the Leicestershire and Rutland squad, supporting all the athletes in their respective events.

A big thank you to the JHMT team for their grant which has enabled me to even qualify for English Schools, a fete which didn't seem possible this time last year!

I am now looking forward to representing the England Midlands team in Cardiff on Wednesday.

9th Jul, 2017

Under 20/23 National Championship

A couple of weeks ago, on Sunday 18th June, I participated in the national age group championship in Bedford in the 110m hurdles. I was quite happy with my race as I ran a non wind assisted p.b. of 14.65, however, my nerves got the better of me on the start line and I therefore didn't attack the first few hurdles as much as I should have and as a result, missed out on the final by 0.1 seconds!

This weekend I am looking forward to racing at English Schools at the Alexander Stadium where I will compete alongside my fellow training partners for the Leicestershire and Rutland team.

Once again, a big thank you goes out to the Inspire team for their grant which has helped me come on leaps and bounds this season!

4th Jul, 2017

William Bell

William Bell



European Youth Olympic Festival - Gyor, Hungary

I am proud to share the news that I have been selected by the British Olympic Association and British Swimming to represent Great Britain in the pool at EYOF, Gyor July 2017. I cannot wait to be part of the multi sport Team GB travelling out on the 22nd, competing from 23-29th. What an exciting week it will be meeting fellow Team GB athletes and racing at such a massive event.


27th Jun, 2017

British nationals

I want to say a big thank you for supporting me it will help a lot. I am currently in training for the British and English nationals which are held at the end of July beginning of August. I have qualified for the British nationals in the 200m butterfly and medley relay team and English nationals I have qualified for the 100m butterfly. I'm really pleased as it is a tough age group this year as it is a dual age band 17/18.

27th Jun, 2017

Midlands Under 20 and Senior Championship

Last Sunday, on the June 11th, I ran the 110m hurdles in Nuneaton at the Midlands Athletics Championship. I won my race with a wind assisted personal best, which now means I've been selected to represent a joint England/Midlands team at a Welsh International in Cardiff on July 12th!
Thank you very much to JHMT!

17th Jun, 2017


Leicestershire and Rutland Schools County Championship

Last Saturday, on the 10th June, I took part in the Leicestershire and Rutland Schools County Championship; I came 2nd in the senior boys 110m hurdles and won the 400m hurdles. As a result, I have now been selected to represent Leicestershire at the English Schools Championship in Birmingham on the 7th and 8th of July, where I will be doing the 110m hurdles.
Once again a big thank you to JHMT!

17th Jun, 2017