An Update on Rayner Essex Sponsored SportsAid Athletes
Stefan Amokwandoh started the season very well. He has increased his triple jump personal best to 15.54m, a 40cm increase, which has brought him up to number 1 at Under-23 level in the UK. Stefan is currently managing a foot problem which he hopes “shouldn’t hold [him] back too much” as he has a big competition coming up in a few weeks. He is on a full scholarship at Princeton University in America and balances studying and exams alongside his athletics. His goal for 2017 is to compete in the Under-23 European Championships this coming summer.
Lola Anderson (second from the left) has had a busy few months having competed in a number of races. She achieved the second fastest heavy weight double time at the British Championships and came 1st at Rutherford Head in the 1st eights, something her team has never done before, beating both fierce competition in Edinburgh and ULBC. She had been suffering from a small injury which meant she was unable to trial at the second stages of GB water testing, but she has now recovered and ready to trial at the Spring testing.
Lola has made both the first eight (top boat) and the heavy weigh quad (top sculling boat), mentioning that training is “very hard but really rewarding” and her fellow rowers are all “so supportive”.Having moved out the juniors, Lola is looking to crack the Under-23 squad and aims to make world selections in 2017.
Read Emyle Rudders interview with Grace Hughes from SportsAid here, where he talks about football, Rio 2016 and the future.
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