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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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BUCS Long Course swimming Champs February 16th - 19th

Loughborough University swimmers travelled as a team up to Ponds Forge Sheffield for the BUCS Championships.

I was entered into the 200m Breaststroke where I made the final and came away with a Bronze medal, for saying I have been in very hard training for the last few weeks, I was pleased to only be 1 second of my PB.

19 hours ago

William Bell

William Bell

GO GOLD Athlete

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Majorca Training Camp

Firstly, thank you to all at Go Gold for continued support this year. This award allows for meet entries throughout the season and so I am very grateful. We will travel to Scotland for the British Trials within the next two weeks and the camp in Majorca was part of the final preparations. I worked hard! 60,000 metres during the week with 1 session cancelled due to bad weather (so we walked for 6k). The lactate set was tough. It was good to get a bit of sun and the facilities at the Best Camp are fantastic.

1 day ago

Amy Griffiths

Amy Griffiths

GO GOLD Athlete

5th at Armagh International

I ran last night at the Armagh International 3k race for England and was pleased to have had a really solid race and to finish in 5th place after my disappointing run at BUCS the other week. It was a great race with teams from the home nations and a few from overseas and despite the freezing conditions there were 132 athletes who ran and it was great that England triumphed in the team race.

3 days ago

Megan Morrison

Megan Morrison

GO GOLD Athlete

Go Gold Funding 2018/2019

Thank you Go Gold for another year of support.

This will go towards a new Speedo Kneeskin as they are sooo exspensive and I usually have two or three a year.

6 days ago

Candice Louise Hall

Candice Louise Hall

GO GOLD Athlete

BUCS Long Course Swimming Meet

I will travel to Sheffield on Friday to compete in the BUCS (British Universities and Colleges) Long Course Swimming Meet. This takes place over 3 days 16 to 18 February 2018. I am swimming in the 400 IM and 200 Freestyle.

6 days ago

Candice Louise Hall

Candice Louise Hall

GO GOLD Athlete

Go Gold Award

Thank you for my Go Gold Award, this will help with my swimming costs.

6 days ago

Alex Haines

Alex Haines

GO GOLD Athlete

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British Cycling Awards

This weekend was the BC awards night. Lewis and I picked up an outrageous trophy for a wild race - our National Madison win. We have had such a good time wearing the jersey and going into battle together through this winter that I will really miss it. The night had guest speakers and I have tagged Philippa York in the links - Phillipa is a true inspiration to anyone dealing with adversity in their lives.

More Information: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philippa_York

6 days ago

Alex Haines

Alex Haines

GO GOLD Athlete

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Thank you GoGold

Thank you Leicestershire GoGold for another year of support. This support means a great deal to me and I am looking forward to another year of representing Leicestershire.

11th Feb, 2018

Amy Griffiths

Amy Griffiths

GO GOLD Athlete

Thank you Go Gold!

I have received an email confirming that I will continue to receive support from Go Gold for 2018-19 and it is greatly appreciated - so thank you very much. It should never be underestimated how invaluable the support is that I receive from Go Gold and it's supporters as I would not be able to do half of the things I am currently doing. This will go a long way to helping to pay for another altitude training camp over Easter in Font Romeau and help in my transitioning from junior to senior ranks.

Thank you again Go Gold!!

8th Feb, 2018

Amy Griffiths

Amy Griffiths

GO GOLD Athlete

BUCS Championships

I ran at the BUCS Championships on Saturday and came 10th. I had just returned from altitude training in South Africa and I was hoping to have a better race than I did. The trouble is I am still learning about when my optimum performance is after altitude training - and unfortunately that is very much trial and error! On the plus side Loughborough University won the team gold.

8th Feb, 2018

Hope Warner

Hope Warner

GO GOLD Ambassador

Funding

Received notification today that LRS would be funding me again this year - so grateful for the support over the last few years. Really helps me to achieve my goals and to get as far as I can, thanks!!

8th Feb, 2018

William Bell

William Bell

GO GOLD Athlete

LASA County Champs

Last weekend was the final weekend of the Counties and I entered 3 events. Saturday morning training was challenging and then we had land based training too before the Champs got underway. On Saturday I raced the 400 free followed by the 200IM. Was about on my short course PB times and got the Senior and Overall Champion awards in both. On Sunday I raced the 200 breast and was pleased with how I raced this event. Again, I was awarded Senior and Overall Champion.

6th Feb, 2018

Patrick James Carey

Patrick James Carey

GO GOLD Athlete

Sickness and health

Bad start to the year when I had a viral infection and wasn't able to attend the last ranking event of the season. A drop down the rankings and a whole year before I can make it up.

Happy news is that I have a heart and it is normal. A big thank you to the charity CRY for organising cardiac screening locally. It was done in memory of Dan Hughes, so thank you to his family too. Now to train harder.

More Information: https://www.c-r-y.org.uk

2nd Feb, 2018

Lewis George Kerrod

Lewis George Kerrod

GO GOLD Athlete

France

I travelled to Amiens, France to compete as part of the swim England team. The purpose of this meet was to see where I was at and to get the chance to practice everything I want to do at the trials so I am ready to swim fast! It was a very successful meet, lots of tough competition including a French Olympian, nevertheless i managed to get lots of A-finals and swim some fast times. Thankfully I've still got speed after my shoulder injury, and I have a good few weeks to work on my fitness ready for the trials.

30th Jan, 2018

Candice Louise Hall

Candice Louise Hall

GO GOLD Athlete

Flanders Cup 20 and 21 January 2018

I travelled on Eurostar on 19 January 2018 to Antwerp to compete in the Flanders Swimming Cup. I entered 5 events and swam in 2 finals. In the 200 backstroke 'A' final I came 5th and 4th in the 100 freestyle 'B' final. I was disappointed with my swims, but I had just had 3 weeks training after the Christmas break. The next event is the Burn Meet at Sheffield on 28 January 2018.

29th Jan, 2018

Alex Haines

Alex Haines

GO GOLD Athlete

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Track League

Track League at Derby is excellent. Every Tuesday night I get to hang out with some friends and we race some short fast races with the senior riders. There is a lot of sitting about at the track and its great relaxing in between races and just chatting with friends- but the races are hard so its training as well - but mostly chatting.

28th Jan, 2018

Alex Haines

Alex Haines

GO GOLD Athlete

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Senior National Track Champs

My first senior nationals. I can now race against the men. Points and scratch race qualifications - 8 from each heat go through. The aim was to get some experience and see how it goes. It went fast - very fast. I learnt that I have the skills and the brain for it - but not quite the muscle, well not yet. I didn't qualify, but the weekend was all about process and not outcome. I have talked with my coach and getting that strength will take time and cannot be rushed - I am looking forward to it.

28th Jan, 2018

Megan Morrison

Megan Morrison

GO GOLD Athlete

Flanders Speedo Cup Antwerp Belgium January 21st - 22nd 2018

A team of 10 Loughborough University swimmers travelled to Antwerp Belgium for the Flanders Cup.

I entered my 2 main events 100m and 200m Breaststroke.

This was my first meet after a two week break at Christmas and wasn't sure how I would race due to being ill after Christmas and missing a few training sessions.

I managed to swim into A Finals on both events.

100M Breast I came 7th a couple of seconds off my PB

200M Breast I came 3rd and came away with some Prize money :)

27th Jan, 2018

William Bell

William Bell

GO GOLD Athlete

Marseille Open Mediterranee 2018

I am delighted that I have been selected by Swim England to be part of the England Talent International Competition Team 2018. This is the first time I have progressed to Phase 3 of the Talent Pathway and I am so excited to be racing again in France, at this prestigious open meet in April 2018.

25th Jan, 2018

William Bell

William Bell

GO GOLD Athlete

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Amiens, France 2018

Really enjoyed my weekend racing in France with the East Midlands team. I wasn't expecting any PB's, as we had trained hard in the build up to the meet and we were not tapered and so was using the meet as race preparation for the Trials in March. Delighted with first place in my 1500 and A final positions in my other 4 events. My best result was first place in the 400IM, with a 7 second improvement on my heat time and a massive 4 sec PB.

22nd Jan, 2018

William Bell

William Bell

GO GOLD Athlete

Leicester Mercury Sports Awards

Really pleased that I was shortlisted for Young Sportsman of the Year at the Leicester Mercury Sports Awards last Thursday pm. Unfortunately I could not attend the ceremony as I was already in France, preparing to race the following day. The title was awarded to a Go Gold ambassador, Ben Dijkstra. Well done Ben! Well deserved.

22nd Jan, 2018

Ben Higgins

Ben Higgins

GO GOLD Athlete

Manchester open meeting 2!

Today I was competing in Manchester again, this time in 60m Hurdles, 60m and 200m.
I came away with a Pb in 60mH and 200m and was pleased with how my day went overall.
Thanks GoGold for the support this year - it's made a big difference.

21st Jan, 2018

Libby Piggott

Libby Piggott

GO GOLD Athlete

Back to training

I am now gradually getting back to full training sessions and its so good to be playing again. I am being eased back into matches so had 15 minutes match play last week which went really well. Really proud of my team and we won 6-2 vs London Bees.

Wednesday was the longest session since my injury and was an English Universities (southern) training session in Hertfordshire. From this the southern squad list was announced, which I am so happy to be a part of.

19th Jan, 2018

Amy Griffiths

Amy Griffiths

GO GOLD Athlete

Leicester Mercury Sports Awards

It was an honour to have been nominated for this year's Leicester Mercury Sports Awards in the Sportswoman of the Year category. I was shortlisted as a finalist which was really amazing in itself and huge congratulations to Sophie Hahn - the winner as this is so well deserved. As I am training in South Africa, my parents attended the Award evening in my absence and had a wonderful time - so a big thank you to everyone that made it possible!

19th Jan, 2018

Hope Warner

Hope Warner

GO GOLD Ambassador

Northumberland Senior Gold

I started the new year off with a double gold in Northumberland last weekend. My partners and I performed very well in the latter stages of the tournament in doubles and mixed doubles, and managed to take the win in both, beating some good pairs in the finals. Thanks to LRS for the continued support, it's a great help when I have so many tournaments coming up.

18th Jan, 2018

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