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.

November, 2020

Ben Dijkstra

Ben Dijkstra

GO GOLD Ambassador

The end of lockdown

30th Nov, 2020

As we approach the end of lockdown 2, there is a little bit more positivity in my training at the moment. The last few weeks have been very good from a training perspective (a little bit of extra sunshine wouldn't be too bad though!) and I should have a 10km road race at Mallory Park on the 15th December so I'm very excited that there may be a few competitions on the horizon. I hope everyone is keeping well and staying positive.

Joey Tippin

Joey Tippin

GO GOLD Athlete

Training back in lockdown

30th Nov, 2020

This past month I have not been allowed to swim due to the national lockdown but it hasnt kept me from keeping myself fit. I have been doing running and also turbo training with my bike which allows me to keep myself fit and also determined to get back into the pool as fit as when I left. I am starting back swimming on friday which I am looking forward to and hopefully I will still be keeping the same times in training which will help me with the rest of the season. I am also very happy to find ou that next year british champs are going to take place in London like they were going to this year.

Lotta Mansfield

Lotta Mansfield

GO GOLD Athlete

World Cup selection

30th Nov, 2020

Really excited to be selected for the first round of the UCI Cyclocross World Cup in Tabor, Czech Republic! This is the first ever junior women’s World Cup so I am so excited to be racing!

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Iris Singleton

Iris Singleton

GO GOLD Athlete

Training at home

29th Nov, 2020

Unfortunately due to the second lockdown, I was unable to sail this month which was really disappointing but I have tried to keep up my fitness at home. I also spent some time watching through videos of the training sessions I've done over the past months, recapping what I learnt at them. This was really useful and isn't something I've been able to do before as we used to just do a debrief in person after sailing. Hopefully I will be able to sail again in December and continue to work hard through the winter.

Sophie Watson

Sophie Watson

GO GOLD Athlete

Lockdown 2

29th Nov, 2020

Throughout the second lockdown my coach has been doing daily zoom calls with me and two of my training partners due to us not being able to access a badminton court. She has pushed us very hard physically so that once we can return to court next week we are ready. It has really helped me to maintain my fitness and has kept me positive throughout this difficult time.

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Lucy Robinson

Lucy Robinson

GO GOLD Athlete

October and November

29th Nov, 2020

Not much to report about the last 2 months. I’ve been training more but the team has been sent home to isolate already so that meant more outdoor training and home workouts. We can start passing the ball in 2 weeks so that’s exciting !!

Carly Stevenson

Carly Stevenson

GO GOLD Athlete

November 2020

29th Nov, 2020

Due to the 2nd lockdown I have been unable to train on a badminton court.

I have been doing daily zoom sessions Monday to Friday with my coach. These sessions have been a combination of HIIT, running, skipping, pylometrics training, shadow work, racket skills, strength and conditioning and stretching.

I have also been doing 2 zoom sessions a week with England Coaches on a Tuesday and Thursday.

All this fitness work has been keeping me busy during lockdown but I am looking forward to getting back on court this week.

Bethan Lount

Bethan Lount

GO GOLD Athlete

Training update

28th Nov, 2020

Through lockdown most training has had to be put online but Lightning U19 academy has been able to be classed as elite meaning we have been lucky enough to continue to train indoors! It's been great to get to know the new team and looking forward to matches hopefully in the new year. Working hard with my training to keep my fitness up in preparation for trials next month.

Lauren Henry

Lauren Henry

GO GOLD Ambassador

November 2020

28th Nov, 2020

I have been struggling with rib pain for a while now, and despite having worked hard with my physio, I have been unable to train fully pain-free. An MRI has revealed that I have a healing stress fracture in one of my ribs. Unfortunately, I am unable to row for at least a month but I am still allowed to train on the bike which is great as I can keep my aerobic fitness up. Thankfully, this has come at the right time for me to hopefully be fully recovered and back stronger than ever for GB trials in February.

William Bell

William Bell

GO GOLD Ambassador

British Champs 2021

28th Nov, 2020

Great to have a date on the calendar for next year and a goal to work towards 🤞 British Swimming have announced that the Champs will be held down in London in April 2021. Training has been going well and I am really looking forward to the new year. Will definitely miss racing at the Swim England Winter Champs before Christmas though. It was always great fun.

Millie Van Nierop

Millie Van Nierop

GO GOLD Athlete

Lightning made Elite

26th Nov, 2020

I’ve been really lucky to continue training throughout lockdown due to Lightning u19 academy being put under the Elite frame work!
This month i’ve had to fitness test, we’ve had training once a week on court and once a week on zoom.
Been training really hard to keep my fitness up and keep going for the main trials this year! Zoom sessions have been back throughout lockdown too!
Hope everyone is staying safe and okay!

Vinny Huczmann

Vinny Huczmann

GO GOLD Ambassador

TRAINING IN LOCKDOWN

25th Nov, 2020

Due to the gym being closed, I have been training in the garage on my punch bag and speed ball that I bought with my funding. Looking forward to getting back to normal when the gym reopens and being able to spar again.

Thomas Giles

Thomas Giles

GO GOLD Athlete

Lockdown 2

25th Nov, 2020

Tennis training in Lockdown 2 is not allowed, all clubs and courts are locked and closed. This is a little frustrating as my training was going well and in Competitions from Sept /October I have managed to moved my GB ranking from a frozen 66 U16 in March to 35 GB in November. In real terms too in my age group I am now currently GB no 14. Now though having to find other ways to keep physical. Walking the dog I do sprints and pull ups on the footy net bars. I have home gym sessions covering core, shoulder injury prevention and stamina on my new Peleton Bike. I join zoom calls with my team at Edgbaston Priory and we plan for mental, tactical play and getting ready to return. I still have to go to school too so studying is a big part at the moment

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Amy Griffiths

Amy Griffiths

GO GOLD Ambassador

Training block

24th Nov, 2020

I am in a heavy block of training despite there being no races at the present time. It's so strange as races would normally indicate where I am at, so whilst I feel strong and feel I am training well, it's always good to see where I'm at in a competition scenario.

it is particularly hard this week as this weekend is traditionally the trials race in Liverpool for the European XC in December but of course this isn't going ahead this year.

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Jody Smith

Jody Smith

GO GOLD Athlete

Lockdown training again!

23rd Nov, 2020

Going back into lockdown has left me and my training group very limited to what we can do, however we have managed to get out and do some solid training individually and gone back to home workouts and gym work again! Although this lockdown makes things very difficult not being about to train on a track, we have still worked our way around it the best we can to get some good training done!

Libby Bell

Libby Bell

GO GOLD Athlete

Skills training with the best!

22nd Nov, 2020

Just before the country lockdown again I was able to get some great training in firstly with a British Cycling Regional School of Racing which was held in Yorkshire and secondly I had a fantastic one to one training session with my coach Olympian Nikki Brammeier. We spent time practicing skills and drills in the pouring rain - it was great!

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Ben Higgins

Ben Higgins

GO GOLD Athlete

Lockdown#2!

21st Nov, 2020

Lockdown#2 has meant I've had to adapt my training programme considerably, but having done this once for the first lockdown it wasn't so hard this time!
I'm still managing to do my full programme just with some adaptations including converting my living room into a full gym!
Training is going really well.

Andrew Stamp

Andrew Stamp

GO GOLD Ambassador

Lockdown 2.0

20th Nov, 2020

Luckily I am still managing to train but still no competitions on the horizon which is strange. Normally I'm training with a date as a focus. So life is quiet but I'm very thankful I can still go in and focus on my sport with my coach in my club and some of the junior GBR gymnasts. Not everyone is managing to do this.

Gemma Mcdonnell

Gemma Mcdonnell

GO GOLD Athlete

Back Into Lockdown

18th Nov, 2020

Before hit with the second lockdown I sailed for 3 weekends in uni trials for the sailing teams. It is a different type of racing, team racing, the races are much shorter and you want to get your teams boats into a winning combination, rather than just wanting my boat to win. This means there is lots to learn which is very exciting. I am getting use to university life, and am still managing to run everyday. Over Christmas, I am hoping that my club back home will be open so I can get some time on the water.

Thankyou so much to Go gold for their continued support through these uncertain times.

Rebecca Malyon

Rebecca Malyon

GO GOLD Athlete

October blog

17th Nov, 2020

This month I represented Beeston in a couple of ladies EHL Premier fixtures, winning against Swansea 4-0, and drawing against the Uni of Birmingham the following weekend - a good start to the month. Unfortunately the following week I tested positive for COVID-19 which meant self isolating for the remainder of October. Since half term, I've been trying hard to regain some of my fitness and keeping up with hockey skills during lockdown 2.0.

Lotta Mansfield

Lotta Mansfield

GO GOLD Athlete

European Championships

13th Nov, 2020

I'm really excited to say I got selected to race for GB at the European Cyclocross Championships following my result at the York National Trophy. The race was meant to take place last weekend in the Netherlands but unfortunately, the UEC decided to cancel the junior races due to rising COVID cases on the continent. I was really excited to race so I'm gutted I wasn't able to go. However, I'm still really proud that I got a selection and I hope I will have more opportunities to race for GB in the future. I still received my GB kit which was a huge boost for my morale going into lockdown 2!

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Muhammad Ali

Muhammad Ali

GO GOLD Athlete

Lockdown 2

13th Nov, 2020

Having got back into a brilliant routine; gym classes on particular days or set times - we are hit with a second lockdown. Although competitive boxing has been placed on whole my training was going excellent. As we have entered our second lockdown, I remain focused and want to maintain my motivation to train and keep my body and mind healthy and active. I have set up a month long home training plan which will include boxing and S&C training. Hopefully the lockdown will end on time.

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Elliot Hardman

Elliot Hardman

GO GOLD Athlete

Lockdown 2.0

13th Nov, 2020

Finally got my physique how I wanted It and then lockdown had to ruin it again, but for now it's back to the body weight exercises and eating loads while watching movies

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Tom Hattee

Tom Hattee

GO GOLD Athlete

Training Camp

11th Nov, 2020

Things were going well as a EMTA camp to the Peak District went ahead. This was a chance to see all of my triathlon friends. Activities included orienteering; absailing, mountain biking and running up mam tor as well as cycling. The weather was not great but it was fantastic fun. Now with a new lockdown swimming has stopped again but at least we can still train with one other person.

Mackenzie Smith

Mackenzie Smith

GO GOLD Athlete

England FA Camp

11th Nov, 2020

I had a really good five day England Camp at St Georges Park at the end of October. Apart from spending more time alone than usual due to Covid restrictions we worked on more set plays and playing forwards through the zones. I have been enjoying learning to play as a Centre Back with the different challenges that holds as a midfield player.

As international friendlies are still currently a long way off being allowed, we played Whites v Reds and had a full matchday build-up including the National Anthem. Happy to say the Whites were victorious 3-1. Looking forward I am working hard for selection to a further camp in December and hoping the Euro Qualifiers are allowed to go ahead early next year.

Meanwhile the Warwickshire Girls League has been suspended for a month so I am doing my best to maintain fitness while revising for GCSE mocks.

More Information: thefa.com

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