Saturday, 29 August 2015

Jack Whelbourne makes a difference

For Jack and his team mates it's a weekend to make a difference as they take part in the Nottingham Post, Good Deed Notts campaign.
Jack outside the Mary's Kitchen Café
via The Nottingham Post

Paintbrushes and overalls will replace ice skates and skin suits as the GB Short Track team step off the rink to give their local café a helping hand.

The Nottingham-based team – who have been training at the National Ice Centre, in Bolero Square, since 2000 – will spend the next three days revamping Mary's Kitchen Café, in Southwell Road, which is a stone's throw from the arena.

They will paint the café's eating area, put up a new sign at the front and install new lighting before the venue reopens on Tuesday.

The fundraising drive will see organisations, businesses and individuals raise money for charity, volunteer in their communities and give their neighbours a helping hand.

Team member Jack Whelbourne, who grew up in Lenton but now lives in Hucknall with European champion speed skater Elise Christie, is the makeover's project manager.

The 24-year-old, who made the semi-finals in the short track events at the 2010 Winter Olympics, said: "I go in the café every other day for food between training. It's great to be able to interact with locals and businesses and show them we are supportive in the community."
Jack in action
Fellow team member Jon Eley, who was born in Solihull but has lived in Nottingham for 14 years, says the café is a "team favourite". The 31-year-old, who represented Britain at the 2006 and 2010 Olympics, added: "We really like it there as it has a friendly atmosphere.

"Everybody in the team has come up with one good deed that they are going to lead, and the rest of us will help them out with it."

Mick Preedy, senior building manager of construction company Willmott Dixon, has provided the team with eight tins of paint, two electricians and the new sign. He said: "It's nice to put something back into the community."

The café's co-owner Denise Clarke said she was "honoured and excited" about the project and was looking forward to seeing the transformation.

The team aim to continue their community work by visiting ill children in the city's hospitals, encouraging people to keep fit by getting their skates on, putting their skills to the test and baking cakes and cleaning up community centres and parks.
You can follow Jack on Twitter @speedyboi158  and find out more about him through his website
#Cafe #Nottingham #Post #GoodDeed #ShortTrack #TeamGB

Friday, 28 August 2015

Hannah to race at School Games

World, European and Paralympic champion Hannah Cockroft MBE returns to the Sainsbury's School Games in Manchester on Friday 4 September to compete as a guest, four years after striking gold at the event in 2011.

The double Paralympic champion from London 2012 will line up against Sainsbury's 2015 School Games competitors at the Manchester Regional Arena as part of her preparation to retain her world titles at the 2015 IPC World Athletics Championships in Doha next month.

Hannah competed at multiple School Games, kicking off her glittering sporting career at the 2007 School Games in Coventry where she competed in the seated discus. Here she was spotted by a GB talent scout and a talent day in Loughborough followed to begin the career of one of Great Britain's most exciting track stars.
Hannah wins gold at the 2011 School Games
Hannah landed gold in the 100m wheelchair race at the Sainsbury's 2011 School Games before going on to international success with double gold in the T34 100m and 200m at the London 2012 Paralympic Games and the 2013 IPC Athletics World Championship titles. This time she will line up non-competitively in the 100m and 800m mixed-sex wheelchair races and therefore be unable to pick up a medal.

Hannah said: "I am so excited to be lining up in Manchester to get some vital competition practice at the Sainsbury's 2015 School Games. This event literally kick started my career and I feel honoured to return again as a competitor".

"With just over a month to the IPC World Athletics Championships and a year until the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, Friday will form an important part of my preparations. Having won the 100m event in 2011, I am looking forward to taking on the young talent competing at this year's Sainsbury's School Games and I would like to thank the organisers for allowing me to take part."

The Sainsbury's 2015 School Games, which are supported by National Lottery funding from Sport England and delivered by the Youth Sport Trust, are a major multi-sport event for some of the most talented young athletes across the UK. This year 1,600 athletes will compete in 12 sports in venues across Manchester and will experience a spectacular opening and closing ceremony, an Athletes' Village, and a targeted education programme which includes anti-doping advice and guidance.

More than 15,000 spectators are expected at the event which is supported by more than 500 volunteers, many of which are young people who provide round the clock support to the athletes, coaches, officials and spectators.

You can watch Hannah's races live online here at the following times on Friday 4 September:

13:00 100m Wheelchair race
16:35 800m Wheelchair race

To show your support and be part of the action, order your Sainsbury's 2015 School Games tickets here:
You can follow Hannah on Twitter @HCDream2012 and find out more about her through her website

Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Heartache for Kelly Edwards in Astana

Kelly Edwards of Team GB lost in her Preliminary Round fight in the International Judo Federation World Championships in Astana, Kazakhstan today.

In a very close fight against Odette Giuffrida of Italy, Kelly had a single Shido awarded against her during the bout for a minor rules infringement. This was to prove very costly, as despite dominating the fight, the bout ended scoreless after 4 minutes. The rules of judo state that if there is a tie, then and only then, will the number of shidos be used to determine the winner, on this basis Kelly was eliminated from the competition. 

"I'm gutted to have lost it how I did" said Kelly "I have been working very hard in training and I'm pleased to see the improvements", adding "I felt like my composure and scoring attacks were way better. I haven't watched my fight back yet, but I feel that it might well be my best performance at this level, so there are a lot of good things to take away".

As it happened, Odette Giuffrida progressed throughout the competition to end up fighting for the bronze. "I know I am able to compete at this level and know that I can be doing the same" Kelly added.

"I would like to thank my coaches, the whole team at British Judo and 17 Sports Management for their support. Also my sponsors Schneider Electric, Aga Rangemaster, SIMGear and the National Lottery. Without all of them, I would not be where I am now and with their continued support I know that I can challenge at the Rio Olympic Games next year"

Having missed out on the opportunity to gain ranking points, which are vital for qualification for the Olympics, it is important that Kelly continues to compete at the highest level, which will involve her entering more international competitions. "Despite the wonderful support of my sponsors, every competition that I enter costs me financially. I know that I have a lot to offer a potential sponsor and if there are any companies out there who would like to partner with me to help me with some funding, I'd love to hear from them" said Kelly. 

You can contact Kelly through her website
Follow Kelly on Twitter  @Kel_Edwards1
#Judo #World #Championship #Astana #Rio2016

Monday, 24 August 2015

World Championship debut for Tom Bosworth in Beijing

Tom Bosworth (25) competed in his first IAAF World Championship races in Beijing at the weekend.

Tom represented the British team in the 20km race walk, finishing in a time of 1:23:58, making him the 8th placed European to finish and giving him 24th place overall.

On completing the race Tom said; "it was pretty tough out there, it was all going to plan until around 13, 14 kilometres then the heat and humidity just hit me. I had prepared at altitude in the heat for this, my body felt great, but it's an endurance event and sometimes these things just hit you, I just felt rubbish".
Photo courtesy of Jon Mulkeen
"It has been a great experience, I don't think I could have come to a better place to debut in my first ever World Championships, I didn't feel out of place, I didn't feel overwhelmed, I felt very much at home at this level and I have learnt a lot".

"I now know that I can push on to higher places. I should have broken the British record today (which has stood at 1:22:03 since the 1988 Seoul Olympics) I was ahead of schedule but I just couldn't hold on". 

"I'm still progressing massively and I feel like I have yet another big step in me in the next 12 months or so, that's how my progression has been going. The future is really exciting. I'd love to be much closer to the front, maybe top twelve in Rio next and year and then it's the World Champs in London in 2017. I want to be right at the front then".

Tom, who trains with coach Andi Drake at the National Race Walking Centre at Leeds Beckett University, was one of a handful of athletes in the British team who receives no financial support. Having recently lost a major sponsor when Lloyds Bank withdrew from sponsoring their talented athlete programme, he would love to hear from any companies that would like to partner with him and be part of his exciting journey to the Rio Olympics and the London World Championships.
Follow Tom on Twitter @TomBosworth 
Visit his website
#Athletics #RaceWalk #World #Championships #Rio2016 #London2017


Friday, 21 August 2015

World Championship Silver for Rob Oliver

Paracanoe athlete Rob Oliver has moved a step closer to a place on the Team GB squad heading to Rio next year by winning a Silver medal in 39.739 seconds, at the International Canoe Federation World Championships in Milan. Rob’s silver medal has ensured Team GB will have a place in the Men’s’ KL3 200m Sprint event for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.

Single leg amputee Rob, from Hollywood, Birmingham, is the British No.1 in his 200m kayak sprint category and became European Champion in May.  

The World Championship Silver medal winner said “I came here with three goals; win a medal, finish in under 40 seconds and to get a Paralympic quota place for Team GB in the KL3 200m. All these goals were achieved and I am so happy!”

Paracanoe is a new sport being introduced to the Paralympics in Rio 2016 and the popularity is rapidly growing in the UK. A new boat is on the list of Rob’s requirements before Rio, however as he has to fund this himself, being a full time athlete who trains 6 days per week, Rob therefore has to rely on sponsorship and commercial opportunities to be able to fund his equipment and is hoping a new sponsor will come forward soon to enable him to continue towards his dream of representing the country in Rio and bringing home a gold medal for Team GB. 

If you would like to support Rob, you can contact him through his website

Follow Rob on Twitter @RobertOliverGB

#World #Silver #Paracanoe #Milan #TeamGB #Rio2016 #Paralympics

Tuesday, 18 August 2015

Jack Whelbourne launches "Website of Awesomeness"

Double Winter Olympian and multiple British Champion short track speed skater Jack Whelbourne has launched a new personal website through his team at 17 Sports Management.

"158 comes from my first ever race number, it is a number that means so much to me" said Jack. I have christened my website "the website of awesomeness, the guys at 17 have done a fantastic job". "Having my own website will enable people to keep up with what I'm doing and will give me a great opportunity to showcase my sponsors and the exciting sport of short track, I'm very excited by it" he added.
Jack, from Nottingham, who trains at the city's Capital FM Arena, went on to say "I know that there are a lot of people, causes and organisations seeking sponsorship, it is though very important for me to continue to be able to compete with the best in the world. I have a good profile, particularly in Nottinghamshire, I know that I can help raise the profile of companies and I am passionate about ensuring that I give back to sponsors and ensuring that they receive good value for their investment in me. I hope that there are some companies out there who will be inspired by what so I have achieved so far and would like to be part of my exciting journey to the 2018 Winter Olympics, where I am aiming to win gold".

Ian Byers, Director of 17 Sports Management said "Sponsoring an elite athlete such as Jack can benefit a company in many ways, not least by increasing client and colleague engagement, giving people pride through the knowledge that they have a connection with her performances.

Supporting an athlete via sponsorship gives the opportunity for personal appearances to support and build interest in a brand along with increased media exposure via TV, radio, press and social media. Partnering with Jack would give a sponsor access to obtain exclusive imagery, video and blogs which can provide engaging content which will in turn drive traffic to the sponsors website. Additionally, a logo placement and link can be placed on Jack's website.
Sponsorship can help toward fulfilment of a corporate social responsibility, promoting inclusion and diversity, the development of sport and encouraging healthy active participation by all".
Huge thanks to Martin Holtom for all of the great photos on my website.
"I am really proud to represent Great Britain, I have been to two Winter Olympic and am excited by the prospect of challenging for Gold in 2018" said Jack, "I know that I have a lot to offer and I'm hoping that there are some companies out there who would be proud to partner with me".

If you or your company would be interested in partnering with Jack, you can contact him through his website or alternatively contact Ian Byers;
You can follow Jack and 17 Sports Management on Twitter @speedyboi158  @17_Management
#ShortTrack #WinterOlympics #Gold #TeamGB #Nottingham



Monday, 10 August 2015

Kelly Edwards selected for the World Judo Championships

We are delighted to announce that #Team17 judo player Kelly Edwards has been selected to represent GB at the upcoming World Judo Championships in Astana, Kazakhstan.

Kelly will take part in the Women's Individual competition in the -52kg category. 

"I'm really looking forward to competing and representing my country at the World Championships" said Kelly "my performances have been improving this year, I can't wait to get stuck in and give it my all in Astana".

Kelly and the British Judo team heading to the World Championships

Report courtesy of British Judo;

British Judo have today (10th August 2015) announced a team of nine players for the World Judo Championships, held in Astana, Kazakhstan 24-29 August.

The British entry was officially released today through video streaming app Periscope, where the selected players took part in a live question and answer session with fans.

Heading to Kazakhstan to represent Great Britain at the final World Championships before the Rio 2016 Olympic Games will be Kelly Edwards (-52kg), Nekoda Davis (-57kg), Alice Schlesinger (-63kg), Sally Conway (-70kg), Natalie Powell (-78kg), London 2012 Olympic silver medallist Gemma Gibbons (-78kg), Ashley McKenzie (-60kg), Colin Oates (-66kg) and Ben Fletcher (-100kg).

Speaking ahead of the Championships, Gemma Gibbons said: “The World Championship is one of the highest levels you can perform at in judo, so I’m really excited to be going to Astana. I’ve never been a medallist at the World’s before so that’s my goal going in to the Championship.”

Accompanying the team will be Elite Performance Coaches, Kate Howey MBE and Jean-Paul Bell.

Kate Howey said: “The World Championships will be a big test for a lot of our players as we look towards Rio next year. Everyone has been training really hard and are looking forward to taking on the best players in the world”.

Follow @BritishJudo and @Kel_Edwards1 on Twitter

#Judo #WorldChampionships #Astana #Kazakhstan

Sunday, 9 August 2015

Hannah Cockroft MBE and Jordanne Whiley MBE named in 50 Most Influential Women in Sport

The Independent on Sunday today published it's first ever 50 Most Influential Women in Sport List.
Generally, the list of 50 women, which was chosen by a judging panel that included Maggie Alphonsi, Gail Emms and Sue Mott amongst others, can be broken down as follow;

Sportswomen 19                 
Administrators 11
Media 10
Others (inc. coaches) 6
Commercial 4

We are proud that the achievement of two members of #Team17 have been recognised and that they are included on the list of 19 current sportswomen.
Congratulations to Hannah listed at 38 and Jordanne 45.
The full list, which makes interesting reading, can be found here;
You can follow Hannah and Jordanne on Twitter  @HCDream2012  @jordannejoyce92
#Independent #Influential #Women #Athletics #Tennis #Media


Sunday, 2 August 2015

Hannah and Hannah - Front cover stars!

The latest issue of Sports International Magazine sees #Team17 athletes Hannah Cockroft MBE and Hannah Russell star on the front cover.
Inside the magazine is an eight page feature, where the Hannahs talk candidly about, amongst other things, being a Paralympian, Disability and Money.
Hannah Russell by Papaya Photography / Sports International Magazine

Hannah Cockroft MBE by Papaya Photography / Sports International Magazine

Follow Hannah and Hannah on twitter  @HCDream2012  @HRussell_96 

#Sports #Magazine #Cover #Athletics #Swimming #