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Rayner Essex Sponsored SportsAid Athletes – An Update

Read the latest updates from our sponsored athletes, Robert Sakala and Megan Duthart, who both spoke to Grace Hughes from SportsAid.

Robert Sakala (Athletics)

Robert has had a tough start to the year, with a lot of stressful training. However things are getting better as he is adjusting to his new role.

After his excellent performance in the European Championships, Robert was approached by Puma, leading to Robert signing a professional contract.

Robert has also started University at East London where he is studying Business Management.

As for now, Robert is training to ensure his body is prepared and ready for the upcoming outdoor season.

 

Megan Duthart (Rowing)

Megan has made some big changes this year, including the decision to leave the Start program. Her reasons are because of the lower ability of other rowers around her and the need for experience in single and crew boats. Megan has joined a new program, Thames Rowing Club, which consists of all senior athletes which should help push her on and prepare her to trail as an under 20 next year.

This means Megan will compete mainly as a senior athlete, despite still being a junior, meaning a whole new set of athletes to compete against. Megan will however still aim to compete at the Junior Nationals and Junior Championships. She is also hoping to compete at Henley in the Women’s Regatta in a bigger boat.

Megan was struggling with a shoulder injury at the beginning of the year, but is now all fine. On a positive note, Megan was contacted by an American University about potential scholarships and rowing for the Universities.

Brilliant achievements from Robert and Megan, and a huge good luck from Rayner Essex!

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