2019 off to a flying start for Hampshire athletes
2019 is set to be exciting and action packed for the Hampshire talented athletes. Many have already brought home medals and are competing on the national stage.
Taekwondo star Kimberley Barnes finished 2018 on a high, having become UK national champion. Kimberley recently picked up a bronze in her first competition as a Junior Taekwondo athlete.
Last month, Lucy Williams competed in Judo at the English Junior Open competition. She competed against the higher ranked players and medalled in silver. Lucy has continued to wow her community and won the Junior Sportswoman of the year at the East Hampshire Sports Awards.
In the pool, Marcus Scullion won the British Schools Biathlon Championship Under 16’s, completing the double British Schools and British Modern Biathlon Championship in one year.
At the end of February, Badminton twins Alex and Toby Dillingham aced their way through the U17 Gold tournament of the season. Alex won a Silver in the Boys Doubles and Bronze in the Boys Singles. Toby swept the board winning Gold in the Boys’ Singles, Boys Doubles and Mixed Doubles events.
Diver, Nathan Bull has competed at the British Junior Elite Championships. He competed in 3 events; he won the gold in the 3 metre, bronze in the 1 metre and finished fourth in the nail-biting platform final.
Cricketer Charlie Dean got selected for the England Women’s Academy development camp. The three-week trip to Mumbai will involve several matches and introduce players to cricket in sub-continent conditions.
On the court, Megan Light got selected to be part of the under 13s England Squash Team in the 5Nations tournament, the team consists of 3 boys and 2 girls. Travelling to Dublin recently, Megan and the team played against Ireland, Scotland, Wales and France. She secured comfortable 3-0 wins across the board, bringing home the gold.
Badminton star, Sam Jones scooped the award for Junior Sportsman at the Winchester and District Sports Awards. Sam has been representing Winchester at home, for his school and abroad. He was one of the first athletes to join Energise Me for the Hampshire Institute of Sport pilot funded by Hampshire County Council.
“The Hampshire Institute of Sport has helped me with improving my fitness and implementing new exercises in to my strength and conditioning programme. This has given me more precise data to work with and HIS has since provided me with a full report on areas I need to focus on in my upcoming training blocks. The effects are already showing on court with lots of improvements already. I am very proud to be supported by HTAS and the support given has enabled me to focus on my physical development this year with sessions at a local gym.”
Earlier this year, Hockey player Rory Penrose and team won the Winchester u16s Indoor Hockey Championships. Back in February Rory also played for England u16s against Ireland. He captained the side in one of the matches and scored 2 goals during the 3-match series. Rory will be joining Energise Me for the next phase of Hampshire Institute of Sport.
“HTAS has been a great help to me. I have attended many of the workshops which have been very motivational and have improved my understanding of the psychological aspects of sport. I am also going to be doing some work with the Hampshire Institute of Sport over the next few months that has been organised through Energise Me in partnership with University of Winchester.”
Find out more on the Hampshire Talented Athlete Scheme here.