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Rayner Essex Sponsored SportsAid Athletes – An Update

In January 2017, Rayner Essex began sponsoring two new upcoming SportsAid athletes, Robert Sakala (Athletics) and Megan Duthart (Rowing). Both athletes were in attendance at the most recent Rayner Essex Bloomsbury Lunch Club and each received funding of £1,000 to help with their development. Read their 2017 progress and achievements below, speaking to Grace Hughes from SportsAid.

Robert Sakala (Athletics)

“My season has been going really well so far. I was in Belgium 2 weeks ago and I ran against European number one and two in my age group and I won that race. I flew back that same day as I had a race at Crystal Palace where I finished 1st as well. I just came back from the England u20/u23 Championships with a gold medal. I am national champion and I have gained automatic selection for the European Junior Championships providing that I run European standard in the next three weeks. Had a bumpy start to the season but I’m finally starting to pick up again.”

A huge congratulations to Robert who won the Silver medal representing Great Britain at the European Junior Championships.

Speaking to Grace Hughes from SportsAid, Robert said “I had a brilliant time at the championships and have learnt so much from this experience which I will take with me for next year”.

Megan Duthart (Rowing)

“My season has been really successful with some ups and downs but looking promising! I’ve been racing loads and winning quite a bit which is great! Some of my wins include:

  • WJ1X win at Reading Amateur Regatta
  • WJ17 1X win at the National Junior Scullery
  • WJ1X at Marlowe Spring Regatta

“Some other major highlights include coming 12th at National Schools Regatta in the junior women’s single sculls, this is an age category above me as I’m 17, this was a great race and experience as the top 8 girls were all older and had previously held international GB vests. As well as this I got to the semi-final round at Women’s Henley Regatta, this was a proud and hard fight to get to this stage as again it’s an age category above and the other athletes were all at a high standard.

“Some great news I have recently received via my coach is that I have been invited along with 3 other girls to race offs, if I come through this then I will attend a crew selection camp over 4 days that will determine the GB junior international teams for the world championships and Coupe de la Jeunesse! Just being invited to race offs is an amazing achievement for me this season and I intend to rise to the challenge and hopefully compete for my country this year!”


Brilliant achievements from Robert and Megan, and a huge good luck from Rayner Essex for the remainder of the year!

We would also like to wish our former Rayner Essex SportsAid sponsored athletes; Stefan Amokwandoh, Lola Anderson and Emyle Rudder the best of luck in the future. All three athletes have progressed far enough in their respective sports to no longer require support from SportsAid.

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