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The 2017 GO GOLD Podium Athletes aim to blog about their competitions and training sessions at least once a month to keep LRS updated on their progress.

Clicking on an athlete will also give you access to their individual profile and updates.

Saffron Betts

Saffron Betts

GO GOLD Athlete

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Premier South CHAMPIONS!!

After a stressful game against Essex, we WON 3 sets to 2 making us Premier South Champions!! So proud of my teammates!! Bring on tough training and the final 8's in March!! #UELWomenVolleyball

4 days ago

Laura May Kaletha

Laura May Kaletha

GO GOLD Athlete

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Laura is competing in Liverpool and Ipswich

Laura will be competing in Liverpool on Friday 24th February in her first competition of the season. She will be competing in the Quatro Cup on all 4 pieces along with her fellow team mates from Notts Gymnastics Club.

The second competition is at Ipswich where I will be again competing all 4 pieces but as part of a team.

March sees the most important completion of the season, where again I will be competing in Liverpool but this time at the Echo Arena at the British Championships as a second year junior.

4 days ago

Tre` Thomas

Tre` Thomas

GO GOLD Athlete

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Midlands Champion 2017

I competed at the Midlands Indoor Championships hosted by the Barclaycard Arena Birmingham on Saturday 11th February 2017. It was a straight final for the Under 20s Men's 60 Hurldes. I won the final in 8.00 seconds which I was pleased with as I have been carrying an injury. I have not been able to train fully in the last few sessions. But I am very pleased to be the Champion again.

6 days ago

Joel Weston

Joel Weston

GO GOLD Athlete

Burns meet

At the end of last month I competed for the first time in 2017 and for the first time in the long course part of the season. No pb's at this point which I was expecting. But I managed to get 3 seconds faster on the 200 fly and 2 seconds faster on the 100 fly, than this time last year which is a good sign that training is going well. Next up the Sheffield Premier Open Meet.

6 days ago

Phoebe Andrews

Phoebe Andrews

GO GOLD Athlete

Midlands U18

This month I got into the U18 Midlands team which I had a trial for last month. I was so shocked to have been picked as one of their hookers as this year I was up against girls that were 1 or 2 years older then me. On the 18th to the 19th I will be going on my first camp which will be exciting to see all the talent that is there.

6 days ago

Ben Higgins

Ben Higgins

GO GOLD Athlete

U17 Men's 400m Champion

This weekend I competed in the midlands indoor championships in Birmingham.
I won my 400m heat comfortably and went into the final fastest. I felt strong throughout the final and won the race with a 2 second gap between me and 2nd place and I ran the fastest time in the UK this year for my age group - 49.36. Super happy with this performance heading into the national champs in 2 weeks time.

12th Feb, 2017

James (Jay) Andrew Newman

James (Jay) Andrew Newman

GO GOLD Athlete

County Championships

I had 2 further races in the County Championships and added 2 silver medals for the 200m and 400m Freestyle to my County Cup.

I really enjoyed travelling with the East Midlands Team the week before to race in France. It was inspiring to watch World Class and Olympic athletes swim. I won a junior under 18 final and came 5th and 7th in Open age finals. It was my first event of 2017 swimming in a 50m pool and it was great experience before the National qualifying time window starts in March.

11th Feb, 2017

Evan Blackman

Evan Blackman

GO GOLD Athlete

11 Feb 2017

This month I am beginning to increase my training load. I am looking to start running one competition this month and see how my training is going. I feel that my improvements this year are greater than they were last year.

11th Feb, 2017

Isla Lees

Isla Lees

GO GOLD Athlete

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Competition Season

The competition season isn't going to start how I expected, I'll be sitting the 1st few friendly competitions out due to a sore hip, but I'm really lucky to have the GB doctors and physio's looking after me, and in only a few weeks it's already getting stronger. I've still been working hard in the gym, especially on bars. I was also pleased to receive my free swimming pass this month, thank you GO GOLD.

11th Feb, 2017

Hope Warner

Hope Warner

GO GOLD Ambassador

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European Ranking

A few days ago I found out I am ranked at number 1 in Europe in the U17 age group for mixed doubles, so pleased and grateful to everyone who has got me here.

10th Feb, 2017

Jessica Bailey

Jessica Bailey

GO GOLD Athlete

January Golf Blog

Hello! I am Jessica and I am new to GO GOLD. The sport that I play is Golf and I play it to a national level. The start of my 2017 year has consisted of practising for as hard as I can and the best that I can so that I am able to have a strong start to the season at the beginning of April. I have also been working on my fitness levels a lot (TPI) which is what I do that keeps my body as powerful and as flexible as it should be when I play.

10th Feb, 2017

Daisy Platts

Daisy Platts

GO GOLD Athlete

Warm weather training in Cyprus

All packed and ready for the flight tomorrow, looking forward to some hard training and getting ready for the long course season ahead.
I swam well at the Counties recently and the Burns Meet, gaining a few pb, but most of all great race experience and practising my underwater work off my turns.

9th Feb, 2017

Rowan Powell

Rowan Powell

GO GOLD Athlete

Good Training Session

Winter training is going well for me, I feel fitter, stronger and feel motivated to compete well in the upcoming season. The training is tough but I can feel significant improvements week by week. Hopefully a successful season ahead!

9th Feb, 2017

Cole Francis Henry Lee

Cole Francis Henry Lee

GO GOLD Athlete

Competition

In January I completed in Leicestershire age groups in five events and got a bronze, silver, three golds and am junior county champion for 200 and 100 backstroke.
I also went to Burns open meet in Sheffield, competing long course for the first time this year. I got pb's in 200 IM and also in 100 backstroke which moved me up the rankings to 8th nationally.

9th Feb, 2017

April Tacey

April Tacey

GO GOLD Athlete

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Training camp

Looking forward to my first training camp abroad in Spain next week.


I am going with my new team (Team 22) and it should be a really great experience going up all the Spanish climbs in the warm weather.

9th Feb, 2017

April Tacey

April Tacey

GO GOLD Athlete

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Track league

Winter Senior Track League started 2 weeks ago. This Tuesday I came 5th in the elimination and 2nd in the scratch with the men. I'm now a Junior and this mean my races will be longer and harder which suits my style of riding and I can't wait till the race season starts in March :)

9th Feb, 2017

Danielle Tomlinson

Danielle Tomlinson

GO GOLD Athlete

Massage

Last week I had a massage and got some exercises to reduce the likelihood of a occurrence of my shoulder injury. I got some exercises for my knee also. I feel much better now, she worked mainly on my chest, lats, neck and shoulders. I had some attention to my glutes and hamstrings aswell.

9th Feb, 2017

Danielle Tomlinson

Danielle Tomlinson

GO GOLD Athlete

Training

Winter training hasn't been going so well for me. After a reoccurring shoulder injury I'm finding it hard to get a solid weeks training in. I've started my gym sessions this week. I've made the decision not to do any competitions this year so far, as not being able to train hasn't put me in a good position.

9th Feb, 2017

Danielle Tomlinson

Danielle Tomlinson

GO GOLD Athlete

THANK YOU

Thank you GoGold for funding me again.

I'll be using the funding to go towards new kit, equipment, race suits and accommodation for my meets.

9th Feb, 2017

Sam Stevens

Sam Stevens

GO GOLD Athlete

First taste of BUCS

At the weekend I competed in my first BUCS (British Universities & Colleges Sport) Cross Country. It's a very competitive race having no real age limit as anyone studying at a university can compete.

The race itself was tough being almost twice as far as most of the races I've ran this season. I finished 15th however and the first 1st year student to finish.

I look forward to many more BUCS championships in years to come.

8th Feb, 2017

Michaella Jade Glenister

Michaella Jade Glenister

GO GOLD Athlete

Amiens 2017

At the end of January I traveled to Amiens, France to compete for three days. My first race was 800 free and I got a three second PB breaking the county record for the second time. I also managed to get a second place. I also raced the 200, 400 free, 200, 400IM and the 200 back. For the 200IM I came third and for 400IM I came second. I was very pleased with how I competed and am looking forward to future competitions.

7th Feb, 2017

Amy Griffiths

Amy Griffiths

GO GOLD Athlete

European Club Cross Country Team Bronze

I raced at the European Club Cross Country Championships in Portugal at the weekend and came 18th in the senior women's race. It was a great race and I felt that it was a great stepping stone to getting back to where I was and I was really pleased with how the race went.
To top it all off my 18th place was enough to count in the team race where we won the bronze medal. 😀

7th Feb, 2017

James Reseigh

James Reseigh

GO GOLD Athlete

Silver in the England Open

Last weekend I competed in the English Cadet open and achieved a silver medal. I have gone into a new weight category and now compete in the u50kg group.

I am very pleased with my performance as I won 3 of my fights with ippon the top score earning me ippon points for the ippon ranking league.

I also gained 20 more points towards my Black belt. I also attended a training and randoori camp the following day it was tiring but great fun and I also learnt some new techniques.

7th Feb, 2017

Alex Harris

Alex Harris

GO GOLD Athlete

Winter Shooting

Over the past few months I have been busy getting in practice and registered scores from grounds around the country in preparation for the England Selection Shoots that are occurring in the next few months. I currently have my 4 scores for the England selection invitation, but I am still looking to improve on these to put me on the best squad possible during the event.

6th Feb, 2017

Elliott Powell

Elliott Powell

GO GOLD Ambassador

Back at it again

So far winter has been going good for me, I'm feeling strong at training on track and in the gym. I've made the decision not to do any indoor competitions, I just didn't feel the need to as things are going well in training and I'm enjoying it. Just putting the work in.

6th Feb, 2017

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  • Sport England
    North West Leicestershire District Council
  • Safeguarding
    Blaby District Council
  • Age UK L&R
    Equality Standard
  • Oadby & Wigston Borough Council
    QUEST
  • Rutland County Council
    East Midlands Platform
  • Melton Borough Council
    Leicester City Council
  • Leicestershire County Council
    Loughborough University
  • Harborough District Council
    Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council
  • Charnwood Borough Council
    County Sport Network
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