Leon Baptiste

At the age of 14, Leon’s dreams of a football career were dashed when he sustained a knee injury which still plagues him to this day. Even after six months of intense physical rehab, he was still unable to kick a football without any pain.

Understandably, he was frustrated, and determined to find a sport he could excel at after leading such an active lifestyle throughout his young life .

By the age of 15, he had found this at his local athletics club, and he moved on at a rapid sprint! Within months, he was representing his county, and by the age of 17, he was competing at a national level.

In 2003, at the European Junior Athletics Championships in Finland, he won two Gold Medals for Great Britain: the first in the 100 metre sprint, and the second as anchor for the 4 x 100m relay team. His early career was defined, as a result of this performance, as he was named junior male athlete of the year by the British Athletics Writers Association.

The recurrent knee injury left him out of training for 5 months in 2004, and his return in 2005 set him on his trail in senior athletics. Initially, the experience was disheartening for the young athlete, as competition is much tougher, but his move to Loughborough enabled him to step up his game, and in 2010, at the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi, Leon walked away with the first Gold Medal in the 100 metre sprint in 12 years for Great Britain, and then topped it off with yet another Gold in the 4 x 100m relay!

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