The 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.

September, 2020

Vinny Huczmann

Vinny Huczmann

GO GOLD Ambassador

Training

30th Sep, 2020

This month I have continued to work on my fitness, I have been using different techniques to improve my power, speed and fitness levels with my coach. I am really looking forward to when I can spar and compete again.

Hazel Mcdonnell

Hazel Mcdonnell

GO GOLD Athlete

End of summer

30th Sep, 2020

Laser nationals were held in the last week of the summer, i didnt do as well as i hoped because it was very windy, but i'm competining in another event this weekend where i will hopefully do better.

Now that school is back and its getting darker earlier i'm only sailing on the weekends, but im making the most of the time i have on the water.

Last weekend was quite windy, but it was a nice, consistent direction so we got in some good sailing, on saturday i sailed the feva, and on sunday i sailed my laser 4.7 were i came 1st in one tace and 2nd in the other.

Charlotte Haines

Charlotte Haines

GO GOLD Athlete

Judo Lockdown.

30th Sep, 2020

(September) Due to covid-19 restrictions I am not allowed in my own clubs indoor space because we train at a school, however one of the coaches from my club has his own club which I train at as well, so I can train indoors there on a Monday and Wednesday, but initially I do Tuesday and Thursday with another club too but just online ,which is so I can keep my judo skills up and once a fortnight on the park too on a Sunday. The reason its once a fortnight is because I still train with my national squad team online on a Sunday too.

Lucy Robinson

Lucy Robinson

GO GOLD Athlete

September

30th Sep, 2020

Exciting times ahead as I am back training next week on an indoor court as well as S+C starting again! Beyond excited to get back at it!

Joshua Barsby

Joshua Barsby

GO GOLD Athlete

First race back since lockdown

30th Sep, 2020

On 19th September we had a club members only race at Leicester BMX Club.

It was a very good event with some good competition for me.

I came away with 1st place every lap.

It felt great back on the track and racing again. Can't wait to race in more of these races coming up soon.

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Yasmine Sheffield

Yasmine Sheffield

GO GOLD Athlete

Swim Training Joy

29th Sep, 2020

September has been a great month for swimming. I have finally got back into a regular routine of training and while I am not quite back up to pre lockdown hours the training is ramping up and the fitness levels are increasing daily. There is even some in house competition within my squad and club next month to look forward to and focus on.

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Lauren Henry

Lauren Henry

GO GOLD Ambassador

Training in September

29th Sep, 2020

I have been lucky to have a really good couple of weeks worth of training since the new season started in September. Unfortunately, I still haven’t been able to race due to COVID restrictions and it looks uncertain as to when we will be able to finally race again. In the mean time, I have been doing some more “competitive” training by doing some higher intensity sessions, of 3 × 1750m, with some male scullers of similar speeds.

Ted Ball

Ted Ball

GO GOLD Athlete

Training

29th Sep, 2020

This month I have been practising my heavy wind sailing and preparing for my inland championships at draycote water in October and have seen great progress since nationals. Also I want to thank lrs for the funding as with this money I have been able to buy a new aero 5 sail for next my youth nationals at the end of October.

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Libby Bell

Libby Bell

GO GOLD Athlete

Racing :)

28th Sep, 2020

So excited to get some racing in my legs. Last weekend I had a busy weekend travelling to Bradford to race Cyclocross where I came second to my toughest rival and then on Sunday I travelled to Suffolk to race Cross Country Mountain Biking with a really good mixed woman's group and I felt strong to take the win after one hour 15 minutes of racing which is one of the longest races I have competed in. Confidence in my fitness levels is good and I am really looking forward to racing my first national race in six months next weekend.

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Ben Dijkstra

Ben Dijkstra

GO GOLD Ambassador

End of Season

28th Sep, 2020

I was fortunate enough to get one final race in on September 12th in Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic before having a brief period of downtime. The race was a World Cup meaning that there was a very high quality of field - including the current World Champion, Silver medallist among other World Series medallists. This was my first racing opportunity since March so I was extremely excited to be back on a start line again. I was happy with my result as I finished in 10th place but I know that there is more to come in future races which will most likely be in 2021. At the moment, I'm just going to get my head down and tick off some high quality training blocks to ensure that I am in the best position to start next season!

Iris Singleton

Iris Singleton

GO GOLD Athlete

September training

27th Sep, 2020

This month, I did my first two ILCA training weekends at Weymouth (WPNSA) and Bartley sailing club. These were really fun and I definitely learnt a lot, getting practice in light, medium and heavy winds. It was also great to sail with new people in different places to vary my sailing a bit. Due to covid restrictions, we weren't able to debrief properly and this meant the coaches instead sent videos of the sailing and feedback for us online. I've actually found this quite helpful as it means I can rewatch the videos and really see how I sail.

I also did the last race in our club racing series and finished 9th in the laser fleet and 8th overall in the series which I'm really pleased with.

Millie Van Nierop

Millie Van Nierop

GO GOLD Athlete

Full training is back!!

27th Sep, 2020

For the past 4 weeks now I've gone back to full training and match play at training!! It feels good to be back on the court, and i'm feeling strong. It's been great to see all my teammates again, set new goals and targets for the constantly changing climate.

I can't wait for full competitive matches to be back, and currently am working hard for trials in the coming weeks for Loughborough Lightning u19! My week is consisting of 2 strength sessions, using my gym membership for everyone active, which is brilliant! 1 court session, and 3 conditioning sessions, which are brilliant, and keeping me busy!

I hope everyone is back training, fit, healthy and having fun!!

Carly Stevenson

Carly Stevenson

GO GOLD Athlete

September 2020

27th Sep, 2020

I have been training with my coaches regularly on court and meeting up with my doubles partner so we can train together. I have been following my fitness, strength and conditioning programme so I am feeling fitter and ready to compete.

I have also recently been invited by Badminton England to train at the National Badminton Centre in Milton Keynes on the junior apprentice programme once a week. This programme is invite only and is offered to selected players around the country. I feel really grateful that I have been selected and I'm enjoying and learning lots from the sessions.

Elliot Hardman

Elliot Hardman

GO GOLD Athlete

GYM TIME

27th Sep, 2020

Physic getting back to where I want it to be still needs work but it's getting there, still no actual training yet but gyms doing me just fine

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Maisie Elliott

Maisie Elliott

GO GOLD Ambassador

In Full Training!!

27th Sep, 2020

I have been back to training now since 23rd August. Started off with 6 sessions and I am now up to 8 sessions. From the beginning of October I will be back to my 9 training sessions a week as well as 3 gym sessions. I have loved being back to full training and cannot wait to start racing again, although not quite sure when that will be!

Dylan Sanghera

Dylan Sanghera

GO GOLD Athlete

Autumn Training

26th Sep, 2020

September has been getting back into routine around school. Continued support from school with training during school days. Few days off whilst waiting for Covid result which was negative. Working on upper body development with my S&C coach to support development on my serve which is going good with my tennis coach. Programme to follow at home too.

Working on improving movement on court. Training outdoor in colder conditions this week. Feeling positive and enjoying some group squads this month, good for matchplay. Hopefully competitions run for October half term.

Levi Codling

Levi Codling

GO GOLD Athlete

Training in progress

26th Sep, 2020

This month I have been really getting back into training and started to get into threshold and aerobic sets and training hard and every week we have been doing 2×50 max and timed and every time I’ve been improving which is really good and I’ve found out if there is no lockdown there will be winter Nationals happening in January instead of December which would be really good and I’ll be training really hard for!

Jody Smith

Jody Smith

GO GOLD Athlete

Rest and winter training!

25th Sep, 2020

After competing at the British champs I wrapped my season up and took a deserved few weeks rest! Within that period I prepped with my coach the plans for next season and the upcoming winter training that I have just got underway! It’s going to be a tough graft over the next few months but I’m buzzing for it!

Tom Moorhouse

Tom Moorhouse

GO GOLD Athlete

Pre season

24th Sep, 2020

At loughborough, we have had a very full on pre season for the previous 6 weeks, including training around 5 days a week and gym sessions throughout the week to prepare for the start of the season. We have also played 3 pre season games, winning 7-2 in all 3 of them.

I have also had 2 England camps at lilleshall and Bisham Abbey, where we are just getting back into the programme after the lockdown period.

Carys O'Reilly

Carys O'Reilly

GO GOLD Athlete

Finally back in the pool!!

23rd Sep, 2020

Monday was our first session back at Braunstone, it was really strange to be back in our home environment with the Covid rules. So far the sessions haven’t been too bad as we are increasing the metres as we get our fitness back.
It was my birthday the other week and I had my first driving lesson last Wednesday. It went really well. My theory is booked for next Friday so I’m balancing my school work with driving, swimming and the DiSE work.
I am really enjoying college and making new friends.

Sophie Watson

Sophie Watson

GO GOLD Athlete

Back to some more normality

23rd Sep, 2020

These past few weeks have been very good for me, I have finally returned to school ready for year 11 and taking my gcses's this year. I have also returned to training with the county and have kept getting on to court as much as possible which has been great. I've also been keeping up with an off court physical training plan which is really helping with building up my strength. Yet again, thank you LRS for your on going support.

Andrew Stamp

Andrew Stamp

GO GOLD Ambassador

Increasing Training hours

23rd Sep, 2020

Hi everyone. I hope you are all doing ok? I am still managing to train at my club NTGA with my personal coach. It's going steady and I have managed to add another day to my weekly schedule. So I am now in 6 days a week but I am still not back to my Pre Covid 19 program. One of my fellow training gymnasts Josh Jones has now left to go to University so we miss him and wish him all the best. I still have great support from my other training partner Ross Tait and my personal coach Harvey Smith and all the team at NTGA and my support staff and all at Go Gold. Thank you everyone.

Luke Hoult

Luke Hoult

GO GOLD Athlete

College & Training

23rd Sep, 2020

Well, Throughout lockdown I have had a tough time training and keeping on top of things but recently I have passed my GCSE's to a good level which means I got on the course I wanted at Loughborough College and I have been provided with training at Loughborough University with the Elite squad. I have been training Physically and mentally throughout these times. I am staring to settle in at college and training, meeting new people and training with Elite athletes has helped me to thrive to be the best I can. Thank you again for all the funding and Thanks to the people in my life for their continued support.

Jordan Elliot

Jordan Elliot

GO GOLD Athlete

Lockdown

23rd Sep, 2020

After a few months of getting back into the pool we've now been hit with new government legislation restricting our training abilities and the 2021 water polo season has recently been cancelled. Tough time for our sport but everyone is working hard to get things back on track. Training has been increasingly enjoyable and i am looking forward to getting back into gameplay!

Owen Thomas Lightfoot

Owen Thomas Lightfoot

GO GOLD Athlete

Start training for 2021

23rd Sep, 2020

With no road races scheduled for the rest of the year I decided to take my off season early this year. I took a couple of weeks off the bike and now I have started training for 2021. I hope 2021 will be better than 2020 with a full race calendar.

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