Rising Star News
The Academy Rising Stars continue to build on their successes of last year with a great start to 2014. Here are some of their recent highlights.
CROSS COUNTRY SKIING
- Competing in his second Olympic Games, Andrew made history in becoming Britain’s first cross country skier to reach the men’s sprint quarter finals. His final position of 29th in the sprint was also Britain’s best-ever cross-country finish since Tom Cairney’s 28th in 1956. Andrew also came 44th in classic and 53rd in the 50km mass start.
- This January, Andrew won the freestyle sprint at the Norwegian Championships in Lillehammer. His success there is hailed as one of the great victories in Britain's winter sports history.
- Currently ranked 25th in the world, Laura finished a close second at the Intercontinental Cup in Utah in January. She will soon be competing for a place on the World Cup circuit and hopes to follow in Lizzy Yarnold’s footsteps with a medal in the 2018 games.
- Jack Burrows enjoyed great success at the Junior British Open in Nottingham with three podium results and a second overall placing.
- Wheelchair tennis starlet Esperanza Merry has moved up to sixth in the junior world rankings.
- Esperanza won the coveted Rob Daley Award at the Plymouth Herald’s Annual Awards.
- Sophie’s brilliant results throughout 2013 have resulted in her selection for the British Cycling Talent Programme.
- Joe is leading the Future Stars competition of the Revolution Series after securing three wins in the fourth round of the series at the Manchester Velodrome.
- Hamish was part of the Great Britain Gymnastics Team that was crowned U16 Champions at the Four Way International in Epernay, France for the seventh year running.
- Scott was the winner of the Gloucestershire Athletic Achievement award for 2013.
- Morgan has had a record-breaking start to 2014. Invited as a guest to the Swedish U18 Championships, Morgan broke the World Indoor Pentathlon Youth record with a score of 4284. This follows on from her success at the England and Wales Combined Events Championships where she broke the UK U16 Pentathlon record.
- Asia made her comeback from injury at Parks Cup International Championships in Stuttgart. She fought at Senior -49KG for the first time and beat Germany and Austria to take the Gold.
- Charlotte was part of the British swimming team, which dominated the Speedo Flanders Cup. Charlotte won bronze in the 200m backstroke.
- Bradley Neil has enjoyed a fine start to the season and narrowly missed out on title glory at the South African Open Amateur Stroke Play Championship, finishing runner up.
- Graduate Coral Kennerley has been selected to represent Wales as part of their shooting team in the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.