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.

March, 2021

Hazel Mcdonnell

Hazel Mcdonnell

GO GOLD Athlete

Sailing

31st Mar, 2021

I have been able go sailing again in the past week, its been fun to get back on the water and resume my training in preparation for upcoming events. Although overnight stays are currently not allowed in England (so there arent any national events) i am enjoying sailing locally and at my club until i can travel further.

Gemma Mcdonnell

Gemma Mcdonnell

GO GOLD Athlete

Back on the water again

31st Mar, 2021

Since Monday I have been able to get back on the water at my home club.
Next week I am also starting my dingy instructor course.

Libby Bell

Libby Bell

GO GOLD Athlete

Racing again :)

31st Mar, 2021

I am starting to feel slightly nervous as racing approaches this weekend!

I have not raced since December and I have had a niggling medical issue for quite a while now so I have spent a few hours with an osteopath and have been following guidance by my sports therapist to get me in the best shape for racing to start. My coach has been training me hard and now I just need to race, I am nervous of how this will go and how I will fair against my competition - I will report back next week.

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Yasmine Sheffield

Yasmine Sheffield

GO GOLD Athlete

Fingers crossed for the last home based land training

31st Mar, 2021

As we near the end of March and get ever closer to the 12th of April I am continuing home based land training and cardio in preparation for a return to the pool. I can't wait to swim again, even the early mornings!.

Id like to say a big thank you for the continued support of LRS.

Thomas Giles

Thomas Giles

GO GOLD Athlete

Back to Training 29 March 2021

31st Mar, 2021

This week it has been glorious sunshine and on Monday I was allowed back on court with my coach Tom. Still outdoors but thats ok for now. We are tidying up and building on my techniques getting ready for National matchplay in April and then a Grade 1 National Competition on the Grass at Surbiton Tennis Club at the end of May. Happy tosay my ranking at the moment is GB 11 U16's so hoping to build on that and looking forward to when I can play in ITFs and travel abroad, hopefully this summer after GCSE completed.

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Joshua Barsby

Joshua Barsby

GO GOLD Athlete

First Session Back

30th Mar, 2021

Very excited from the first session back at the track this weekend, its been since December that I've been able to get on the gate and it will be interesting to see how I perform after being away from it for such a long time.

Cant wait to be back on the gates with all the people there and be back pushing each other to our limits.

Will be good to see what riders have been putting in the work over lockdown and who is standing out from the crowd.

More Information: instagram.com

Lucy Robinson

Lucy Robinson

GO GOLD Athlete

March

30th Mar, 2021

March has been an exciting training month! Ready for Easter week off and then back at it to attend selection camp

Sophie Watson

Sophie Watson

GO GOLD Athlete

Back outside

30th Mar, 2021

Returning back to school has been great as it also allows me to take part in some sport for my GCSE sport which has been nice. I have continued daily zoom calls with my coach and training partners and I am feeling great physically for when we return to court. We have to make the most of the outside space we can use for badminton at the moment and have had some fun challenging ourselves running and playing badminton on the sand.

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Lotta Mansfield

Lotta Mansfield

GO GOLD Athlete

Big Week

29th Mar, 2021

With it being the Easter Holidays, I am putting in a big block of training to build my base before the season begins again. I am hoping for the sunny weather to stay for this week as I will be spending lots of hours on the bike training. Off the bike I am preparing for in school assessments for my A-levels.

Charlotte Haines

Charlotte Haines

GO GOLD Athlete

Online training with an Olympian.

29th Mar, 2021

In the beginning of March I trained with an Olympian named Ashley Mckenzie, who has fought worldwide such as in Tokyo. I learned how to improve my techniques and change different grips on certain techniques as getting older means fighting will become more difficult - just like when strangles and arm locks are put in place in competitions. One day I hope to be like Ashley Mckenzie and can be an Olympian fighting worldwide too. - I have fought in Holland before!

Bethan Lount

Bethan Lount

GO GOLD Athlete

Training is back

28th Mar, 2021

At the start of the month, we had England camp which was awesome and great to get back on the court.

We have been fortunate enough to be back to training with Lightning having two technical sessions and one gym session a week. It's been great to be off the zoom screens and seeing the team in person.

Next month is selection camp for England Roses Academy Long squad which is super exciting and nice to see things getting back too normal.

Looking forward to continuing to build and be ready for camp and matches hopefully starting next month.

Hope everyone is safe and well.

Elliot Hardman

Elliot Hardman

GO GOLD Athlete

CAMP

27th Mar, 2021

It was so good last week to go on a GB camp and finally do some proper game play. Due to restrictions we normally are not allowed to share a ball, get close to each other and all those kinda things stopping us doing a team sport but last week we actually played the sport we love and did games like we use to before the lockdowns and all the restrictions.

Tom Moorhouse

Tom Moorhouse

GO GOLD Athlete

Injury and lockdown training

27th Mar, 2021

I have been recovering from an ankle injury, and I had my first session in 3 weeks last thursday. I have a four day England camp over the Easter weekend, which i very much so look forward to. I am also looking forward to start training back with Loughborough in the next few weeks.

Millie Van Nierop

Millie Van Nierop

GO GOLD Athlete

Back to camp!!

26th Mar, 2021

So at the start of this month we had our first socially distanced England camp, this was so good and nice to be back and have final selection in April, so fingers crossed!!

For lightning we are back training twice a week on court and once in the gym which has been so good and the countdown to our first match is on... 6 weeks!!!

Hope everyone is well and still keeping fit!

Thomas Dixon

Thomas Dixon

GO GOLD Athlete

Getting back to training

25th Mar, 2021

Over the past three weeks i have been trying to keep fit by walking every day, as i am recovering from an operation which has meant i have not been able to bike or run. Walking every day and doing the odd bit of land training when i can, has helped keep me active instead of being kept up inside doing school work and revising for exams. The past week has been a bit easier as, i have managed to go on a few runs every other day. I, like most others am waiting for the 12th April which will allow me to meet up with my running group again and start swimming.

Carys O'Reilly

Carys O'Reilly

GO GOLD Athlete

Trials in April

22nd Mar, 2021

British trials are coming up in April, and I’m not back in the pool yet? So I have decided that it is best for me not to race based on me doing no swimming training and all of the new rules associated with the meet. This means that hopefully I can get back into the pool as soon as they open and start training again.

Luke Hoult

Luke Hoult

GO GOLD Athlete

Glimmer of hope!

21st Mar, 2021

Still in Lockdown training! but a glimmer of hope is that training may be back for U18's on April 12th Fingers Crossed everything goes to plan :)

Charlotte Allen

Charlotte Allen

GO GOLD Athlete

March21

18th Mar, 2021

So finally in the next few weeks netball will be gradually back! I cannot wait to get back on a court (albeit outside to begin with)
Still keeping up my running 5k three times a week and online fitness abs ball skills abs shooting in the garden but really can't wait to see my teams . Some rules still to follow though I cannot train with different clubs/ teams from different areas etc without having a couple days in between! 😩

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Mackenzie Smith

Mackenzie Smith

GO GOLD Athlete

UEFA Championship draw

18th Mar, 2021

Restarted school only to be sent home two days later due to someone having a positive lateral flow test. Later he tested negative with a proper test but the 10 day isolation is still being enforced!

So I am exercising as best I can at home.

UEFA did the draw for the WU17's Euro qualifiers. Each group has to play their fixtures between August to October 2021.

Only the group winners get to go to the finals in Bosnia Herzegovina in 2022. England have got Russia, Poland and Belgium in our group. Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland are all in different groups.

The restart for football should be end of March with our first club games in early April. Hopefully England will have a camp soon to prepare for the Euro qualifiers.

More Information: uefa.com

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Elizabeth Rigley

Elizabeth Rigley

GO GOLD Ambassador

Coming out of lockdown

18th Mar, 2021

During this recent lockdown I have hit PB's in all of my weight lifting, trained harder and grown mentally as an athlete. I'm feeling nervous and positive for getting back to the track and what the season ahead brings. Lockdown has taught me I really can do anything I put my mind to and I can't wait to see this mentality transferred to a racing situation! My first competition should be in April and I hope to update you all with good news after it, staying focused!

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Tom Hattee

Tom Hattee

GO GOLD Athlete

Loughborough College Sportathlon

16th Mar, 2021

Me and three other boys are doing a 24 hour virtual ride which who'll be split between us meaning we only have 6 hours to do each. The event is happening on Friday 19th to Saturday 20th. We are doing it to try and raise money for comic relief. The like is below to get us to our goal of £100

More Information: justgiving.com

William Bell

William Bell

GO GOLD Ambassador

British Swimming Invitation Meet

15th Mar, 2021

Another great opportunity to race this last weekend in Manchester. Very thankful to all involved in the safe organisation of the meet and the volunteers who gave their time to help the event to run smoothly according to COVID guidelines. I raced the same events as last month, improving my times in all 3. Still a massive amount of work to do before the British Swimming meet in April but I am content that things are moving in the right direction.

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Ben Higgins

Ben Higgins

GO GOLD Athlete

Looking forward to the season ahead

13th Mar, 2021

With dates for competitions for the outdoor track season starting to be announced I’m really looking forward to competing again and beginning to plan my races.
Training is going really well, I’ve been doing a lot more hurdling this month too.

Adam Hames

Adam Hames

GO GOLD Ambassador

What a weird season!

11th Mar, 2021

So March brings the end of what was the strangest season to date. With over 25 covid tests this season my nostrils are finally at rest! It’s been a good few months on ice and as ever I’m grateful to be able to compete during these testing times. We had some great results as a team and look to build on them going into olympic year this coming October!

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James Reseigh

James Reseigh

GO GOLD Athlete

wont be long till back to training - but still doing Zoom training as well as outdoor

10th Mar, 2021

Hopefully I will be back to training in the dojo soon as an Elite Athlete at university we are prioritised .

I have fortnightly England judo Zoom training which is good to monitor my performance

I also have training 5 times a week outside and in the gym to maintain my fitness levels.

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