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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.

Megan Morrison

Megan Morrison

GO GOLD Athlete

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British Swimming Championships 2017 April 18th - 23rd

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

3 days ago

Megan Morrison

Megan Morrison

GO GOLD Athlete

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British Swimming Championships 2017 April 18th - 23rd

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.

3 days ago

Megan Morrison

Megan Morrison

GO GOLD Athlete

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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.

3 days ago

Bryony Cutforth

Bryony Cutforth

GO GOLD Athlete

Sportif

On the 15th, I took part in the Sportif international judo competition. I won my first fight but I lost the next two. After the competition, I did the training camp which was amazing. They were many Olympic and Commonwealth fighters leading the sessions like Gemma Gibson and Neil Adams. The camp was 2 days and I trained for 4 hours each day doing standing and groundwork techniques and randori. I really hope I go again next year.

More Information: http://www.sportifjudo.com/international-tour-camps/

3 days ago

James (Jay) Andrew Newman

James (Jay) Andrew Newman

GO GOLD Athlete

Sheffield Premier Meet

In March, I attended the Sheffield Premier Meet with the City Of Leicester Swimming Club. I was really pleased to get some good times and Personal Bests on the 100 Fly, 200 Fly, 200IM and 400m IM. These were excellent times to go on the Swimming Rankings and I am hoping that they will help me qualify for the British Nationals In July 2017.

3 days ago

Hope Warner

Hope Warner

GO GOLD Ambassador

U17 6 Nations

I got back from this tournament in Denmark, on Sunday and I've come away with a gold in the mixed doubles and a silver medal in the team event! This was a brilliant result for me as some of the players we beat along the way are older than me and we weren't expected to win. Also a great outcome in the team event, where we beat all countries apart from Denmark.

3 days ago

Hope Warner

Hope Warner

GO GOLD Ambassador

U19 Europeans Result

Got back from France a couple of weeks ago now and really pleased with how I did there. I got to the last 16 of both mixed and level doubles nearly taking out the no.1 and no.5 seeds in the tournament. We also came third in the team event losing to France in the semi finals. Brilliant result for all of us in the team and me in the individual as I'm still 3 years young.

3 days ago

Harriet Swindells

Harriet Swindells

GO GOLD Athlete

League table

After just falling short of coming first place in the league, we managed to secure 2nd with a 50 point win against Cardiff. This puts us in a great spot for the upcoming playoffs. As well as this, we are going to Croatia on the 29th April to compete in the World Schools 5v5 championships which will be a great experience.

3 days ago

Amy Griffiths

Amy Griffiths

GO GOLD Athlete

Solid opening race

I ran on Wednesday at the Watford Open Meeting in my first track race of the season. I started my campaign with an 800m, which is not my favoured event, to get a feel for some speed. Being the only girl in the race it was pretty physical and I needed to defend my space and use my elbows more than I'd anticipated! Even so it was a good solid opening race where I was only 2 seconds off of my personal best time and I am hoping that it bodes well for my next race in 2 weeks time.

4 days ago

Daisy Platts

Daisy Platts

GO GOLD Athlete

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BRITISH CHAMPIONSHIPS SHEFFIELD

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.

4 days ago

Alex Schlindwein

Alex Schlindwein

GO GOLD Athlete

British Senior Championships

Recovering from a nasty cold, my day got off to an unfortunate start by being put in the same first round group as the finalists from the Birmingham international last weekend! I lost to them and struggled to produce my top fencing in this round. In the knockouts my form improved and I won my first match 15-10, but I was then up against the winner from last year, who proved too strong, and sadly lost out. I was absolutely gutted to not have done as well as I'd hoped, but I'm determined to come back stronger.

5 days ago

Alex Schlindwein

Alex Schlindwein

GO GOLD Athlete

Birmingham International

I got off to a great start at this competition, winning all but one of my first round fights 5-1 and narrowly losing 5-3 to a fencer who was at London 2012. I then comfortably won my first knock out fight 15-2, to set up a tough encounter in the last 64. After a close start I was 5-7 down at the break but I turned this around to close out the match 15-8. Frustratingly, I then lost out 15-10 and finished 19th out of 117. This was a good result but I'll be pushing for more in the future!

5 days ago

Saffron Betts

Saffron Betts

GO GOLD Athlete

Easter

It's been a great Easter. I went to Holland for a holiday with my family and had 3 matches. Won all 3, two women's and a men's match and I got MVP for one women's game and the men's game. It's good to back.

5 days ago

Ben Higgins

Ben Higgins

GO GOLD Athlete

U18 Commonwealth Youth Games qualifier at Loughborough

Yesterday I competed at Loughborough University in the first in a series of U18 races for qualification for the Youth Commonwealth Games.
I ran a big seasons best of 54.27 and just outside my pb from last summer of 54.21 which I was really pleased about at this early point in the season.
Thank you to GoGold for the support!

5 days ago

Michaella Jade Glenister

Michaella Jade Glenister

GO GOLD Athlete

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British Swimming Championships

This week I raced at Sheffield for the Olympic trials. My 800 and 200 free were slightly off my PBs. However I managed to get a 2 second PB in my 200IM. My 400IM went very well. I got a 5 second PB and made the junior 17/u final. In my 400free I got a 1 second PB and made the junior final again where I got another 4 second PB and finished second in the 17/u age bracket and broke the county record

5 days ago

William Bell

William Bell

GO GOLD Athlete

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.

5 days ago

Patrick James Carey

Patrick James Carey

GO GOLD Athlete

Birmingham International Fencing - Easter Sunday

Rather than eating chocolate all day ( I left that 'til Monday) I went to a competition. I ranked 36th after the poules earning a bye into the top 64. After a 3 hour wait I had one of the best fights I've had this season managing to secure a win in the final 8 seconds. This was despite one sword breaking in two and a second failing testing (earning me a yellow card). The next fight was a tough one; I was knocked out by the fencer who came 6th overall. My final ranking was 31st.

6 days ago

Patrick James Carey

Patrick James Carey

GO GOLD Athlete

Nottingham AASE training

Another 3 days on the AASE programme this time at Nottingham University. Along with lectures on nutrition and health and safety we had a informative presentation on managing finances at University and beyond! Training was focused on evaluating our own style and finding out our strengths and weaknesses - both physical and mental. I need to work on staying focused throughout a fight and a whole competition.

6 days ago

Elliott Powell

Elliott Powell

GO GOLD Ambassador

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Warm Weather Training

Last week I was in Portugal doing some warm weather training, it was a really productive week working on a few things ready for the season to start, I have to thank GoGold because they make this all possible. Next weekend I open out at BUCs.

6 days ago

James Reseigh

James Reseigh

GO GOLD Athlete

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Sportif International comp and Training camp. Training with Olympians

I have just returned after 5 days in Edinburgh attending an international training camp with Olympian judo players coaching me it was amazing getting coached from Neil Adams 8th Dan MBE , Eaun Burton , Gemma Gibbons and Colin Oates.

I am going to put what I have learnt into my competitive judo great training is crucial for advancing my judo.

7 days ago

Alec Gregory

Alec Gregory

GO GOLD Athlete

Tour of Scotland

So I have just finished racing the Tour of Scotland. It was an awesome experience to do a multiple day stage race. A crash on the first day put me out of contention. After the stage it was off to A and E to get a X-Ray of a possible fractured wrist and my cuts scrubbed out. The next two stages were painful but went well, luckily I had no broken wrist. I got 17th on the 2nd stage then 11th out of an 80 strong national bunch on the last stage.

20th Apr, 2017

Adam Hames

Adam Hames

GO GOLD Ambassador

Go Gold Presentation Evening

Once again I've been lucky enough to receive an LRS Go Gold award. The presentation evening was a very well organised event with an inspiring talk from Olympian Jonny Walton. It was great to meet some of the other athletes and get an insight into lots of different sports.
Thank you to everyone involved in securing this award!

19th Apr, 2017

William Graham

William Graham

GO GOLD Athlete

Recent Open Meets

I competed in 2 open meets over the last couple of weekends and swam my main events in both. My aim for these meets was to set a starting point and put down a marker in terms of time so I know what to improve before the national qualifying window closes. My 50 100 butterfly were both on track to hopefully get a good PB for when I peak in fitness for nationals. However, my front crawl was not what I wanted and I realise that I need to do some work on the technique for this.

19th Apr, 2017

Daniel Bennett

Daniel Bennett

GO GOLD Athlete

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Sportif International Training camp

After the competition me and a couple of judoka from my club, spent the weekend in Scotland training with other judoka from around the world. It was a very enjoyable training camp. I have learned a few new techniques to try in my own Judo and look forward to implementing them. I have travelled to this camp every year and will continue to do so as it is by far one of my favourite training opportunities.

18th Apr, 2017

Daniel Bennett

Daniel Bennett

GO GOLD Athlete

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Sportif International Bronze

After a hard weekend of fights I achieved bronze at the international competition in Scotland. I won my first two fights in Ne-Waza (ground-technique) by pinning both my opponents down. Advancing to the semi-final, I fought a Canadian and got caught with an armlock. A hard three fights and I am very pleased with my result.

18th Apr, 2017

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  • Sport England
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    Melton Borough Council
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    Blaby District Council
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