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.

February, 2021

Carly Stevenson

Carly Stevenson

GO GOLD Athlete

Feb 2021

28th Feb, 2021

I have continued doing the daily zoom
fitness sessions during lockdown with my coach and 2 extra England online training sessions.

I am looking forward to being back on the badminton court soon and getting ready for Nationals.

Yasmine Sheffield

Yasmine Sheffield

GO GOLD Athlete

Training, Lockdown Number 3

28th Feb, 2021

Home based land training has continued through February, but added into the mix has been some cycling and a lot of walking. Ive been doing my best to help out my Swimming Club in their quest to walk around the world in 80 days, so much walking that I had to resort to walking in sliders because of the blisters!!. Unfortunately it had to snow at the same time. The walking has been a great opportunity to get out in the fresh air and to meet up with some friends at the same time. I can't wait to get back in the water and hopefully that can now be as soon as the 12th of April.

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Libby Bell

Libby Bell

GO GOLD Athlete

Sunshine miles and smiles!

28th Feb, 2021

I have been busy getting in the base miles for the last few weeks and I can't say what a huge relief it is to leave all the cold, wet weather behind for a few days and enjoy this lovely sunshine! Roll on the summer!

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Lucy Robinson

Lucy Robinson

GO GOLD Athlete

Ready for camp

28th Feb, 2021

Training for April selection camp has become with us being able to do 2v2 work, contested shots and defence. Conditioning has stepped up, but I’m loving the intensity!

Thomas Giles

Thomas Giles

GO GOLD Athlete

New Home Training Kit

28th Feb, 2021

Still in Lockdown Three. My on court training at the moment will not start until 29th March with my coach. So it is still a little bit frustrating.

So trying to keep on top of fitness with plenty of cycling on the Peleton Bike but today I managed to get out on the road now the weather is better,

This was great to be back out. I do plenty of core sessions and strength with the limited kit I have available. So to help me we have bought a new set of weights as in the

picture which I am so excited to use. My S&C coach sets home programs to keep me on the right track. Back to school 8th March so hopefully get the GCSE finalised to be able then to focus on my tennis more.

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Bethan Lount

Bethan Lount

GO GOLD Athlete

Lockdown Training continues

28th Feb, 2021

This month I've continued to train at home with a mixture of S&C sessions, netball movement session and challenges. Having zoom sessions together has really helped us to stay connected and motivated.

The good news is that we are able to return to training next week which is super exciting and so grateful that we are able to get back onto the court. I also have Camp for Roses Academy Long Squad next weekend which I'm looking forward to.

Can't wait to get back to some sense of normality.

Hope everyone is safe and well.

Hazel Mcdonnell

Hazel Mcdonnell

GO GOLD Athlete

Lockdown

28th Feb, 2021

Since i have been unable to sail for the last few mounths i have been staying active by running, cycling and workouts. I have also had my laser dingy at home so i have done some small repairs and replacements that needed to be done. Hopefully i am able to get sailing again as soon as possible.

Maisie Elliott

Maisie Elliott

GO GOLD Ambassador

The End is Near!!!

28th Feb, 2021

After the country being in lockdown since January and everything being closed, we have been given a date to return to swimming on 12th April. I have been keeping very fit and looking forward to when competitions begin when I can see all my friends again. Hopefully this is the last lockdown and I can get a solid block of swimming training in.

Lotta Mansfield

Lotta Mansfield

GO GOLD Athlete

Update

27th Feb, 2021

Training has been going well this month. Riding in the sun this week has provided extra moral for training and I have been loving the warmer weather. It's looking like there will be racing soon so I am continuing to train hard to be in the best shape possible.

James Reseigh

James Reseigh

GO GOLD Athlete

Weight training outside -

25th Feb, 2021

125kg weight lifting outside - Back at university as an Elite Athlete I am able to do outdoor training

This week I have been lifting 125kg weights in my training with my strength and conditioning coach.

Its good to be training again even if its only fitness to start

Many thanks for the funding

Elliot Hardman

Elliot Hardman

GO GOLD Athlete

CAMP SOON!!!

25th Feb, 2021

Been a good month of some solid training really getting back into the swing of things Camp next month things are really starting to look normal once again.

Millie Van Nierop

Millie Van Nierop

GO GOLD Athlete

The return to court is coming!

25th Feb, 2021

This month has been pretty difficult with keeping up motivation but I have been mixing it up with starting to do some mountain biking when not training on feet!

We also received some amazing news that from next week we can go back to court and train completing many covid-tests and i have camp next Saturday for Roses Academy Long Squad which I am really looking forward to!

Hope everyone is well and keeping healthy, hopefully there is an end in sight!!

Andrew Stamp

Andrew Stamp

GO GOLD Ambassador

European Championships

25th Feb, 2021

So British Gymnastics took the decision not to enter a team into the European Championships which were due to be held in Sochi in Russia. Obviously this wasn't a huge surprise but it had been a date in the competition diary for 2021. So I am still in the gym training and looking forward to seeing everyone else back to training in the future soon after the Government's latest announcements.

Mackenzie Smith

Mackenzie Smith

GO GOLD Athlete

Every cloud ...

21st Feb, 2021

So still not back to real training but that said things are going well.

For my charity challenge I have so far Run 265KM and collect £630 pounds from very generous sponsors to help the Heart Link charity who support the Glenfield Hospital's Children's Cardiac Unit.

The charity running has also been good for me as I have been motivated to cover 50 - 60 KM per week and Bradgate is near by!

I have actually started to enjoy running again after many years away from competing in Cross Country events.

No Euro qualifiers but I have had group and individual online meetings with the England U16's Coaching Team and they seem happy with my progress but have given me pointers on what they want me to work on going forwards before the next real camps hopefully later this year! This also involved analysis of my previous game footage and tactics for different opponents.

More Information: justgiving.com

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Joey Tippin

Joey Tippin

GO GOLD Athlete

Going back into lockdown

20th Feb, 2021

In this past month I have been having to do core work and land work aswell since the pools are shut which is really disapointing but I am trying to keep my spirits high. The core work is hard but is keeping me motivated to keep fit and prepared for when we are allowed back into the pool.

Muhammad Ali

Muhammad Ali

GO GOLD Athlete

January and February - Training

18th Feb, 2021

I have been training hard during the last couple of months in the hope that the National Championships and other competitions would resume soon. However, there is still a lot of uncertainty when gyms will reopen and when England Boxing will start operating. I last fought/sparred a year ago and have had to keep a strong mindset to continue well-planned home training to remain ready without peaking or burn-out. Working with a family member so have had the opportunity to mix the training up but desperately wanting the Lockdown to ease allowing the gyms to reopen and to work with other boxers and to start participating in competitions.

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Amy Griffiths

Amy Griffiths

GO GOLD Ambassador

Continuing Training

16th Feb, 2021

The British championships have been cancelled and I am finding it really hard not being able to race and see where I am in relation to my competition at the moment. I am also finding that the prolonged lack of racing and not knowing when it may resume difficult to prepare for but I keep pressing on as I know that everyone's health is the most important thing right now. Keep smiling!

Thomas Dixon

Thomas Dixon

GO GOLD Athlete

Snow Trainning

15th Feb, 2021

As we all know it has snowed a lot over the past month. For this reason, the majority of my training has been inside. Most of my bike training has been on the turbo and riding with my mates on Zwift, we can meet up and ride together whilst chatting, this has helped as in lockdown we can't go and see them in person. Despite all the snow and ice on the roads, I have tried to keep my run training outside as must as possible as I believe this is better for you mentally as well as physically.

Keeping fit for swimming has always been a challenge and our daily S&C session help. My swimming coach has also set up a challenge for our club, walk or run around the world in 80 days. this is for a charity to help young people cope with mental health, Young minds.

More Information: justgiving.com

William Bell

William Bell

GO GOLD Ambassador

Manchester International Swim Meet

15th Feb, 2021

Bearing in mind the challenging circumstances we all find ourselves in currently, I was so grateful to be invited to attend this meet, this weekend. It felt amazing to be back racing in this competitive environment. The event was very, very carefully run under strict COVID protocols throughout, due to rigorous pre-meet collaboration between partners including British Swimming, Manchester City Council, GLL and the City of Manchester Swim Team (COMAST). Thank you so much to them all. I raced the 400 free and got a PB, getting a place in the final. The next day the 1500, bit over my PB but work in progress and finally the 200 free which I hadn't raced long course since May 2019, again a little over my PB but this was a process meet and so I was very happy with my times and my progress.

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Tom Hattee

Tom Hattee

GO GOLD Athlete

February Training

14th Feb, 2021

I have been waiting almost 6 months for my new training bike to arrive. My first ride out on it was amazing, it felt so fast but as there has been snow and cold weather I have been on the indoor turbo. Still not swimming but hope to be back in the pool soon.

Gemma Mcdonnell

Gemma Mcdonnell

GO GOLD Athlete

isolation in uni

11th Feb, 2021

After one of my flat mates tested positive for corona we had to stay inside for 10 days, it was tough missing my daily run, but I did the bleep test up and down the corridor and did workouts with my flat mates. On the first day I got out of isolation I run a half marathon, and have ran everyday since then. It is disappointing not being able to sail at the moment in the windy weather. I have lots of uni work and deadlines at the moment so have been very busy.

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Luke Hoult

Luke Hoult

GO GOLD Athlete

Lockdown training

9th Feb, 2021

I just want to start by saying, everything within lockdown has been tough. Training online with coaches still trying to make me the best I can be by running, muscle building, stamina, mobility and the list goes on. They're has been goals set for when we do return to court but until then the focus is muscle building and being ready to take part in the national championships when we return in June. There is not much I can say apart from what has the world come to! I am still thriving to be the best I can and I hope to return to the badminton court sooner rather than later. Once again thank you for the funding and I hope to carry on my career with your support. Thank you again!

Tom Moorhouse

Tom Moorhouse

GO GOLD Athlete

Winter, home training

9th Feb, 2021

I am still continuing to train at home, in the garage gym setup and runs. Also we have had some zoom calls over the past few weeks with the England team, including workshops about mental skills. We are looking to get back to national league games after Easter, so hopefully can be back out on the pitch then!

Kieran Riley

Kieran Riley

GO GOLD Athlete

Training during winter

5th Feb, 2021

Over Christmas i was able to get to Derby arena to train on the track which was a big help due to limited track availability in corona times. Most of my training has been out on the road trying to get the base kilometres in before, if it happens, the season starts.

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Ben Higgins

Ben Higgins

GO GOLD Athlete

Covid

5th Feb, 2021

Unfortunately I caught covid in January and had to isolate for 10 days and also was not that well so had to listen to my body and rest to make sure I recovered, then just as I was out of isolation and feeling okay along came the huge amounts of snow!! Sometimes you feel like the odds are just stacked against you but thanks to my coach who always goes above and beyond we were still able to do some snowy 121 sessions. It's taken me a couple of weeks post covid for my body to feel totally back to normal but this week training is going great and I feel good! It's great to be back on track and training well again after a few difficult weeks! All part of the journey.

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