Having been totally inspired by the London 2012 Olympic Games, aged 6, Harriet has a dream to, one day, make it to an Olympic Games and compete. On the road to this dream, and still only 11 years old, she has achieved a lot. In 2016, Harriet was placed second in the World Biathle Championships in Florida; retained her European Biathle title in Portgual for the second year; retained her British Biathlon title for a third time; and was ranked u11 UK No 1 in the 800m. Harriet also has a number of county titles and records in both Athletics and Swimming.
“I’d like to thank Doing It For Dan and all of its supporters and fundraisers for supporting me and allowing me to chase my dreams. The grant you have kindly provided will allow me to include warm weather training in my plans and competition preparations. Grants like this really do make a massive difference to junior athletes and I am extremely grateful”.
‘I am extremely grateful to be a recipient of the ‘Doing it for Dan’ grant. This support will go a long way in aiding my development as a rugby player and will open up many opportunities for my future success. The support from ‘Doing it for Dan’ will play a pivotal role in ensuring progression along the elite sporting pathway.’
Ten-year old Eirlys who is a pupil at Minety Primary School, took up rhythmic gymnastics two and half years ago and already has enjoyed a great deal of success. Eirlys is the current 9&Under British Champion and a member of the Great Britain 12&Under Squad and the Welsh National Squad. Earlier this year she represented Wales at her first International competition in Serbia and came home with a gold medal, and next month she will be heading to another competition with the Welsh Squad, this time in Girona, Spain.
Eirlys currently has her sights set on retaining her title at the British Championships to be held at the impressive Liverpool Echo Arena. Eirlys trains over 20 hours a week at Esprit Gymnastics in Swindon under the guidance of Head Coach Deb Hows, the same club that has produced British Champions and Commonwealth Games athletes Laura Halford and Stephani Sherlock.
Rhythmic Gymnasts receive virtually no central funding, and selection to any of the representative squads requires the individual to cover all travel, accommodation and training costs, so the funding from Doing it for Dan will hopefully help towards her achieving her goal of one day representing Wales in the Commonwealth Games.
My name is Jessica Daykin and I am an artistic gymnast training in excess of 20 hours per week at The Wiltshire School of Gymnastics in Melksham. I have been training with WSG since the age of 4. I recently competed at the English Championships in Loughborough where I place 8th overall, which lead to me being selected for the 2017/18 England Squad.
In October, last 2016, I competed in my first international competition as part of the England B Team, the team came 2nd only beaten by the GB team, I finished 6th overall in the National section and qualified for the beam final the following day. I competed a solid beam routine, against some of the best gymnasts in GB and placed an amazing 2nd on beam winning a silver medal. I am working hard in the gym to upgrade my routines for the coming competing season.
I am 14 year old Henry Rideout and I am a competitive swimmer. My Swimming journey began in my local village swimming club. It was noticed that I had a talent and encouraged to join my currant swimming club Swindon Dolphins 3 Years ago.
My training, performance and leadership skills have improved immensely, resulting in me competing at South West Regionals 3 years in a row. I am proud that I achieved an impressive total of 12 medals. In doing so this generated me to being invited to join the ASA England Talent Program 2016/17. As we approach the end 2016/17 season I am awaiting my ranking confirmation to be able to compete at the ASA British Summer Nationals in August.
The grant you have kindly donated will help me gain the extra use of facilities, training and technique, aiding my development further. I’d like to thank Doing It for Dan and all of its supporters and fundraisers for supporting The Doing It for Dan team and allowing me to chase my dreams of competing at an international stage.
15 year old Ed from West Ashton near Trowbridge is on the British Canoeing England National Training Squad for sprint kayak and represented Great Britain in Hungary in 2016 and in Slovakia in 2017. He won six under 14s national championship titles in 2016 and is totally obsessed by canoeing! He trains at Wiltshire Youth Canoe Club in Melksham and at the University of Bath Talent Development Centre. Thank you so very much to Doing it For Dan for supporting Ed in supporting him to travel to his international regattas this year!
I am a 17 year old cyclist riding for Backstedt Hotchillee Junior Team, run by Paris-Roubaix winner Magnus Backstedt. So far this season we had the opportunity as a team to race in five UCI races in Belgium, which are the highest level racing that a junior can do in the world at UCI 1.1 level. In these races I have achieved four top 20s with my best result being ninth in Guido Reybrouck Classic. I also ride for the Welsh Junior Programme due to having Welsh parents, and I have raced for Wales abroad a number of times, with three weekends in Belgium in 2016, resulting in multiple podiums and a win in a kermesse, I have also raced for wales in the velodrome in the Netherlands, getting a top ten in one of the races. My aims as a cyclist are to move to Europe when I’m 18 and race for a professional U23 team, progressing then onto a professional Word Tour team as soon as possible.
‘Katie Ovenden has been playing badminton since she was 5 years old. She is dedicated, trains very hard and plays in many tournaments. She has over 200 Badminton England tournament matches under her belt and is now really starting to reap the rewards of those efforts. She is the current U12 South West singles and doubles Champion and ranked 5th U12 singles in England. Support from Doing it for Dan is amazing and will make such a difference to Katie’s overall training package. Hopefully she can make some giant steps towards the England team in the coming year.’
Adekunle Taiwo has been fencing for 4 years. He trains with Sarum Swords and in 2016 came 3rd in the Wiltshire County Championships. This year he came 2nd in the Southern Region Championships, qualifying him for the British Youth Fencing Championships, where he finished 25th out of 67 in his age group.
Onioluwa Taiwo is a National level swimmer and trains with Salisbury Stingrays. In 2016 she won a Bronze medal at the British Summer Championships in 50m Freestyle. This year so far she has won gold at SW Regionals in 50m and 100m Freestyle and bronze in 50m Breaststroke.
For six times World Championships qualifier (currently ranked #33) 14 year old Jamie Phillips from Langley Burrell 2016 saw him have to face some dark times. He sustained two major injuries seeing him miss 3 months of winter training with a broken and dislocated wrist which required surgery and then in June he suffered from a 12 week concussion as a result of a training crash in addition to fracturing and dislocating his collar bone. He is now on the comeback road….and Dan will be there with him.
Securing the award through the Doing it for Dan Foundation is a massive boost for Jamie’s season and will allow him to once more follow his dreams. Having been selected to represent Great Britain the funding will allow Jamie to travel and compete in the 2017 World and European Championships in Rock Hill, USA and Bordeaux, France. Importantly it will also enable him to secure a coach and enable the ongoing development of his training/racing programme.
His goals for the season include a return to a top 10 National Ranking following his year out; to regain the SW Regional Series title and to qualify for the 2018 European Championships in Glasgow, Scotland and 2018 World Championships in Baku, Azerbaijan. Jamie’s sporting journey continues…….thanks to the support from Doing It For Dan.
Lauren Booth (Paracyclist)
Aged 6 weeks old, Lauren contracted meningitis leaving her with brain damage, cerebral palsy and deafness. Despite this Lauren has become passionate about cycling, both at the velodrome and on the road.
She trains at the Newport velodrome in Wales, and earlier this year became double National Paracycling Champion. Lauren is hoping to compete for Great Britain in the future.