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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.

Adam Hames

Adam Hames

GO GOLD Ambassador

Preparation for Altenberg

Proud to announce that I have been called up for a training camp in Altenberg, Germany before Christmas. I will be pushing the pilots going to the Olympic Games in February, this is great chance for me to show my coaches and team mates that I have a bright future in the sport. None of this would be possible if I didn't have the support of LRS Go Gold!

2 days ago

Owen Thomas Lightfoot

Owen Thomas Lightfoot

GO GOLD Athlete

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East Midlands Cyclocross Championship

Last weekend I did the East Midlands Cyclocross Championship in Scunthorpe. The course was quite quick with lots of woodland single track. For much of the race I was in fourth place on my own. With about 2 laps to go the a chasing group of 3 riders managed to catch me, so there was now four of us riding for fourth place. There were a few attacks and I managed to get fifth place. Image courtesy of Mick Brown.

More Information: http://results.d3racetec.co.uk/Results.aspx?CId=17077&RId=76&EId=4

2 days ago

Alex Solonenko

Alex Solonenko

GO GOLD Athlete

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Ready for 2018

Picked up ranking points in Cyprus but also picked a wrist injury. So rest time. 3 weeks. Have started training but need to adjust my backhand to prevent wrist injury again.

In the new year going into a training block and then it will be full on tournaments. ITF s abroad and men's British tour , also National events Along with my GCSEs.

2 days ago

Adam Wilkes

Adam Wilkes

GO GOLD Athlete

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AASE Camp Tenerife

In October, I went on a training camp to Tenerife as part of the Advanced Apprenticeship in Sporting Excellence course. It was very educational on everything about swimming: nutrition, psychology, physical and technical. I got to socialize with people in my age-group from other parts of the country including those I compete against nationally.

Whilst on the camp, we spent time in the flume, which was set to our race pace, so that they could study our technique under pressure whilst we were stationary. This meant they could pick up on things that my home coach was unable to see.

2 days ago

William Bell

William Bell

GO GOLD Athlete

Charnwood Sports Awards 2017, Junior Sportsperson of the Year

Many thanks to everyone involved in organising last night's sports award ceremony. The evening provides the opportunity to celebrate the sporting success of not only those who actively participate in sport at a competitive level, but also coaches, volunteers and those that participate for enjoyment. I am proud to say that I was awarded Charnwood Junior Sportsperson of the Year. It was a great evening of celebration, inspirational as always. Thank you again

7 days ago

Courtney Smith

Courtney Smith

GO GOLD Athlete

November blog

The month of November has flown by, I competed in the Midlands championships and the City of Leicester open meet. I am happy to say that I have had a few personal best in both competitions. This has helped me achieved a spot in the winter nationals this month, its only for the 50m breaststroke but it is a good achievement as I have gone into the senior age band. I have just competed in the Welsh Nationals and got to the finals for all my breaststroke events finishing 4th and 5th.

4th Dec, 2017

Alex Haines

Alex Haines

GO GOLD Athlete

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Revolution Cycling Series 2 - Glasgow

Same race series - different velodrome - so another Madison chase. The U16 age group here at the Revs is just stacked with talent and so the races are really fast and exciting. We made it hard for ourselves but narrowly won the race after another thrilling chase. The race series is great fun as I get to see all my mates and race them. I have attached a link to a scratch race where I do a bit of work to set my team mate up for the sprint.

More Information: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6e45WOA1og8&t=22s

3rd Dec, 2017

Alex Haines

Alex Haines

GO GOLD Athlete

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Revolution Cycling Series 1

Racing today at the Olympic Velodrome in London at the "Revs". I am here as part of the Future Stars race series along with some pretty awesome bike riders; world champions, Olympic champions and 2 national champs - Me and Lewis. I get to race in my National Champs jersey. We raced and came second - what a race! The Madison is also called The Chase and this race was a great chase. Next week Glasgow! I have attached a link to the race (its not sped up - this is the actual speed).

More Information: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bBruwX14udc

3rd Dec, 2017

James Reseigh

James Reseigh

GO GOLD Athlete

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Hungary for the Cadet European Cup and Training camp

The other weekend I travelled to Gyor in Hungary for the Cadet European Cup and training camp.

I competed the 3rd best in the world in my weight and age it was a great experience even though the result was not what I wanted it was a new experience and the important thing was the training camp that followed.

The training camp was fantastic I fought/trained with the top Europeans in my weight catergory from Germany, Estonia, Hungary, Ukraine and Austria among others. The experience gained was fantastic.

I am hoping to do alot more international Cadet comps and camps in 2018.

Many thanks

3rd Dec, 2017

Ben Higgins

Ben Higgins

GO GOLD Athlete

First indoor Competition of the season!

Today I competed at the EIS in Sheffield in my first indoor competition of the season and my first one as an U20. I was really pleased with how well my 60mH race went and also ran a solid time in 60m flat and got a pb in 600m. It was great to be back on the track, I really enjoyed the day!

2nd Dec, 2017

Alex Harris

Alex Harris

GO GOLD Athlete

New Rankings

The CPSA have just released new rankings for the next 6 months, and I have been put into the highest ranking, AA, for both Down the Line and Single Barrel. They have also released their yearly rankings, and I am very happy to say that I have been ranked as the top U21 Down the Line shooter in the country, which caps off a great year of shooting for me

More Information: https://www.cpsa.co.uk/userfiles/file/Top20ShootersByDisciplineIssue53.pdf

1st Dec, 2017

Saffron Betts

Saffron Betts

GO GOLD Athlete

And relax!!

It's been a stressful month full of cramming revision in every second possible and trying not to cry due to stress!! But the exam is OVER!! It actually went really well, thank God!! Training hasn't been going well recently because I've had too much on my mind with the exam and I couldn't focus. So hopefully it'll go a bit better now it's over

30th Nov, 2017

Joel Weston

Joel Weston

GO GOLD Athlete

Midlands

At the Midlands a couple of weekends ago I swam in numerous events, making good technical improvements for this point in the season. My times might not have been where I liked them to be but on the race technique side of things I did really well. I managed to get myself into the 200 fly final and finish 3rd in it, improving on my time from the heat and just being beat at the wall by the swimmer who came second. Overall it was a good first competition of the new season.

30th Nov, 2017

Hope Warner

Hope Warner

GO GOLD Ambassador

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U17 European Championships

Yesterday I returned from Prague where the U17 European Championships was held. In the team event, England came third. In the individual event, Rory (my mixed partner) and I won over 5 games without dropping a set, which got us to the final. We won the first set 21-11, we then lost the second 16-21 and were 15-15 in the third but managed to pull away to win 21-16. I still can't believe we are European Champions, massive thank you to LRS for the funding as it's helped to get me where I am now.

30th Nov, 2017

Candice Louise Hall

Candice Louise Hall

GO GOLD Athlete

Training Camp in South Africa 7 to 24 November 2017

On 7 November I travelled to South Africa for a 2 and half week training camp in Stellenbosch. This was in an outdoor pool. The training was very intense, but I enjoyed it.

30th Nov, 2017

Evan Blackman

Evan Blackman

GO GOLD Athlete

First competition

I am competing in my first indoor competition on December 3rd in the 300m and 60m. I have decided to start competing early to make sure I am fully prepared for the season when it starts. I have been training hard and I feel ready to do my first race. I am excited about the upcoming season.

28th Nov, 2017

Amy Griffiths

Amy Griffiths

GO GOLD Athlete

Qualification for European Cross Country Champs

I ran yesterday at the trials for the European XC Champs in a couple of weeks time. Freshly back from my altitude training camp, the course was horrible with heavy thick mud and frequent downpours of rain or hail stones!
The U23's run with the seniors and it was a stacked race with lots of quality athletes in it. I finished in 7th place in the overall race which I am extremely pleased with as I beat quite a few people I didn't expect to beat and was the 3rd placed U23.
Looking forward to racing in Slovakia for GB! 😀🇬🇧

26th Nov, 2017

Daisy Platts

Daisy Platts

GO GOLD Athlete

Amiens Meet - France

I am excited to have been chosen to swim on the East Midlands team in the "9ème Trophée National des Hortillons" Meet (Amiens) in January 2018.

Thank you to Go Gold for your continued support enabling me to have access to these fantastic opportunities.

25th Nov, 2017

Daisy Platts

Daisy Platts

GO GOLD Athlete

City of Leicester short course meet

Last weekend I swam with my elite club The City of Leicester.

I went into the meet feeling relaxed, I wasn't chasing any times, but wanted to work on my starts and turns.

I swam quite a few races over the 3 days with my best performance being my 200m IM taking 4 seconds off my short course pb - swimming a 2:17!! I also took a second off my 200m backstroke giving me a 2:12 and swam under 27 on my 50m free - so great sprint and distance achievements helping me to keep up a broad competition plan.

25th Nov, 2017

Daisy Platts

Daisy Platts

GO GOLD Athlete

Long course Midlands meet

Earlier this month I competed in the Midlands long course championships in Nottingham.

I was able to swim races that I don't normally swim, as I gained the qualifying times I needed for Winter Nationals and British Championships last season.

I had a great weekend, with a fantastic strong final day. I made finals in the 100m fly, 400m IM and the 50m free, gaining long course pb's in all, with a massive 7 second pb in the 400 IM finals putting me in 7 place on British rankings for my age.

25th Nov, 2017

Daisy Platts

Daisy Platts

GO GOLD Athlete

AASE camp - Tenerife

I had a fantastic week in Tenerife, refining my under -water skills, building my stamina and making small but very important tweaks to my technique.

I made new friends and enjoyed spending time with different coaches and team members.

Hopefully this tough week will give me a great start to the long course season ahead.

25th Nov, 2017

William Bell

William Bell

GO GOLD Athlete

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Amiens, France 2018

Received the news yesterday, that I have been selected to represent the East Midlands in the pool in Amiens, January 2018. I was selected last year but couldn't swim due to illness which was really frustrating. I am looking forward to travelling with the team and racing in France on my 16th birthday!! Should be a great start to the new year

24th Nov, 2017

Jordan Elliot

Jordan Elliot

GO GOLD Ambassador

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Press conference

Never thought I would be in front of the worlds media

22nd Nov, 2017

Jordan Elliot

Jordan Elliot

GO GOLD Ambassador

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British League

Solihull top of Div 1, a great performance on the back of the World University Games

22nd Nov, 2017

Jordan Elliot

Jordan Elliot

GO GOLD Ambassador

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Name in lights

TV pictures introducing me in Taipai

22nd Nov, 2017

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