Kailen Heavens

I started doing gymnastics when I was 7 years old and was chosen to try out for the Acrobatic Gymnastic squad two and half years ago. I was successful with the try out and have been part of the d squad since. I have been working with my Acro partner for the last two years where we have competed in many competitions across the UK, with our most recent triumph competing at the British Nationals winning Bronze Medal in May. I love Acrobatic gymnastics and have such a great relationship with my partner, squad and coach. They are my gym family.

Lydia Mulvey

My name is Lydia Mulvey and I am 13 years old. I am an acrobatic gymnast in Swindon. I am one half of a Womens Pair, the base. I have been in an elite squad since 2017 being coached by a two time world champion, which is ultimately what I hope to achieve. In the last year I have won 4 gold medals and 1 bronze. I won the NDP Finals (British Championship) in May this year, and now am about to compete at an international level. I love gymnastics, it is my life! I train 5 times a week and the squad are like my second family! In the international level leotards are extremely expensive, Thanks to Doing it for Dan I can now buy the two new ones I need! I am so grateful that I have been helped in this way. It is an amazing charity!

Joshua Bailey

I have just turned 13 years old and absolutely love playing squash! I play for Wiltshire at county and regional level and regularly take part in junior squash tournaments throughout the country. In the last tournament I played in Exeter, I came runner up which I was really proud of.

I first started playing squash three years ago when I was 9 and now play at least three times a week in Chippenham and Bath.

Thank you so much for the funding from Doing it for Dan which will help pay for my individual coaching lessons and tournament entries. I am so excited to book these in with my coach next week. My ultimate dream is to one day represent England in the Olympics – and win a gold medal!

Maya Kendell

My name is Maya and I’m 14 years old, I train and compete in both hockey and athletics.

I play hockey for Millfield school, Clifton Robinson’s Hockey club and am on the England Pathway Performance Center in Taunton. Last year as an U15, I was lucky enough to go to Nationals with my club which was a great experience in which we came 3rd & I have loved my time with PC. I’m looking forward to the challenge of moving up to U17 with PC and playing in the England Hockey matches again with my club & school at U16 level.

With athletics, I compete with the Millfield school team, Taunton Athletics Club Combined Squad & I was lucky enough to make the English School Championships this year as part of the Somerset Team & was also part of the U15 Somerset Team that won the regional round & represented the South West at Nationals.

I had to make a decision last year to stop playing county netball, as trying to balance all of the sports I love was too challenging, so moving forward this year I really hope that I can make nationals in both athletics & hockey again.

I’m so grateful to Doing It For Dan for supporting me.

Olivia Adkins

My name is Olivia Adkins. I am 11 years old. I have been playing tennis since they age of 3. I trai 6 times a week and compete most weekends.

I have been proud to represent Wiltshire at under 8, 9 and 10age group. I also have had the privilege of representing the South West of England’s at under 9.

This year I have moved into the under 12 age group category. And I am proud to have reached a career high ranking of 91st in Great Britain. My aim for the coming year is move into the top 2- in the country.

I am overwhelmed with the support the Doing it for Dan have given me. Their support has gone to providing me with new equipment and covering court costs.

Natalia Gilbert

I am 12 years old and started gymnastics as a toddler. About 2 and a half years ago, I began Acro gym working with my partner Lydia. We train around 20 hours per week and it I love it! We became National champions earlier this year. My Mum, Dad and 2 sisters also support me – driving me around and coming to competitions! The thing I love most about Acro is the competitions, wearing lovely leotards and training with my friends.

Tilly-Rose Sawyer

My name is Tilly-Rose and I am 11 years old. I first started doing gymnastics when I was 6. In March 2017 I was asked if a wanted to trial for a new acrobatics team and shortly after I was accepted and given a place in the Squad. I train for just over 18 hours a week and compete with my partner as a mixed pair. This year we qualified to represent the South West at the NDP Acrobatics Finals in Stoke on Trent and won the bronze medal! This was such an amazing experience! We are now practising hard on our new Grade 4 routine and will be entering our next competition soon. In the future I hope to progress and develop my skills to the highest level and continue to compete nationally and internationally.

Amy Warre

My name is Amy Warre and I am 14 years old and I am an athlete with Swindon Harriers.

In 2017, I won the Wiltshire County Schools Year 7, Championships and came 3rd at the South West Inter Counties Championships in the long jump events.

During 2018, I decided to have a go at many various, different events including sprint, hurdles, high jump, pentathlons and triple jump. This was a year of development for me, working on building up strength, stamina and to focus on the goals I wanted to aim for.

This year, 2019, I was happy that I achieved many of the goals I set myself. I won the Wiltshire County Championships and the South West County Championships in triple jump and hold the record for triple jump for both the Wiltshire and South West events. At the England Athletics National Championships, I came 2nd wining a silver medal.

In the long jump events, I competed at the Wiltshire County Schools Championships winning a bronze medal, which qualified me for the South West Counties School Championships, where I was selected to represent Wiltshire at the New Balance English Schools Championships, finishing in 4th place, just 2cm off a medal place. At the Wiltshire County Championships, I came 3rd with a bronze medal and winning a silver medal for second place at the South West Inter County Championships.

I also competed in the hurdles at the Wiltshire County Championships winning a gold medal and a silver at the South West Inter Counties. Represented Wiltshire at the Wiltshire Schools and South West Counties Schools Championships.

Towards the end of the season I competed in a pentathlon and won the North East Counties Pentathlon Championships & open event.

Additionally, this year I have finished the season being ranked at number 2 in the UK for both long jump and triple jump for my age group and hold the Swindon Harriers Club records for long jump, triple jump, pentathlon and as part of the 4 x 100m relay team and gained 10 new personal best performances.

I hope to be able to compete at English Schools and National Championships again next year and aim to compete at European level in the coming years.

I would like to say a huge thank you to Doing it for Dan for the support for me to continue to develop my athletics over the next year.

Cara Mackay

Cara is a 12 year old rhythmic gymnast who has trained with, and represented, Esprit Gymnastics in Swindon, for the past 6 years. She trains over 23 hours each week, as well as competing at various competitions around the country throughout the year.

Cara has competed and won medals at both the English and British championships, as well as being selected for English and British squads.

Thank you to all at Doing it for Dan for your continued support.