The athletes of today, inspiring the champions of tomorrow
Achievements"I first began gymnastics at the age of seven. I tried football before that but soon realised this wasn’t the sport for me. As a young boy I was full of energy, always on the go, having fun, climbing trees, playing with my friends and jumping about, hyperactive really, so my family and friends thought I might enjoy the sport of Gymnastics. I was then introduced to Southport Gymnastics Club which I joined and that was how it all began. From the very start I loved the sport. It gave me something to focus on and channel the tremendous energy... Read More
AchievementsChris Bennett has been in the sport of athletics since the age of 13. He first represented Scotland in 2006 firstly at the Schools International and then at the inaugural UK School Games in Glasgow the same year where he set a new Scottish Record while also winning the Gold Medal. In 2008 Chris broke the U20 Scottish Record Chris has continued compete through the age groups and establishing himself in the rankings. Chris has travelled in widely throughout his career to compete and train. In 2014 at the Commonwealth Games ... Read More
I was always a sport enthusiast from a young age, but I always used to play football from the age of 4 up to the age of 14, when I was playing football I used to play centre back and played for Derbyshire county, my school, a local team and played in a trial match against Leicester City under 13’s following on from that match I was on the Leicester City academy books for a few years. From the age of around 12 I was trying to merge playing rugby and football together so I would be training nearly every night and I would play football on the Saturday and rugby on the Sunday...
I began my gymnastics journey at the age of 2 & 1/2 years and was selected into my first development squad at 5 years old. Over the years I had developed a real love for Tumbling so at the age of 7 I chose to specialise in this discipline and from that point I have never looked back. I maintained a 15 hours per week training schedule around school with not much other time to do anything else however, I loved gymnastics so at that age, it was no sacrifice.
I first picked up a basketball at 12 years old on the South Acton Estate in London and I was hooked. Growing through the ranks of the junior circuit and then onto playing in the big league – my passion for the game was always at a high and I was a talented player, however my sporting achievements were never seen on par in comparison with my academic efforts coupled with the fact that Basketball was a new sport to the UK – the resources were simply not there to push me to the highest level. My love for the...
I am from Birmingham and am currently coached by Linford Christie at Brunel University. I train seven days a week for between three to four hours a day. I started athletics at about age twelve and started training twice a week with a distance running group until I saw the sprinters. I joined a sprint group and from there I went to training six days a week three to four hours a day! It took me almost eight years to make my ﬁrst international team (European under 23s 2009). In 2010 I made my ﬁrst senior international, the World Indoor...
I began my career in competitive athletics relatively late, ﬁrst competing in 2006 as a seventeen year old. As a result I had a limited youth and junior career. However, having begun late, I made steady and signiﬁcant improvements in my ﬁrst few years, 10.75 to 10.26 in the space of two seasons. My most signiﬁcant improvement came in 2009 with me running a time of 10.09 which ranked me third in the UK, and ranked me amongst the quickest guys in Europe as well as the UK, but unfortunately that season ended early with injury. So it was not...