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Up-and-coming athletes in Harrow gain support as part of talent development programme

Harrow athletes, Lauryn Connor and Eziafa Iwe have been accepted onto Everyone Active’s Sporting Champions scheme.

Artistic gymnast Connor, is a member of the Junior GB squad and was recently selected to represent GB in her first international assignment in France. Iwe, a Track and Field athlete, recently competed in the South of England Indoor Championships and is a two-time district 100m champion in Watford.

Both will receive free access to Harrow Leisure Centre, Hatch End Swimming Pool and Bannister Outdoor Sports Centre while also receiving valuable mentoring and guidance from an impressive panel of elite athletes, some of whom look set to compete at Paris 2024.

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Lauryn Connor. Image: Everyone Active

The scheme’s all-star line-up of Olympians and Paralympians includes Jennifer and Jessica Gadirova, Lutalo Muhammad, Richard Kilty, Lauren Steadman and Maisie Summers-Newton, while new to the panel for 2024 is GB sprint star Harry Aikines-Aryeetey.

They will share their experience and expertise through group mentoring sessions, covering topics including mental wellbeing, nutrition, managing finances, social media and media training.

Olympic silver medallist Colin Jackson supports the scheme through his role as Ambassador, working alongside athletes to make sport more accessible within local communities

Colin said: “I’m passionate about nurturing young talent and the Sporting Champions scheme goes above and beyond in this mission. With the Olympics and Paralympics taking place in Paris this summer, the programme takes on even greater significance in 2024. Seeing these future champions flourish fuels my excitement for what’s to come.”

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Colin Jackson CBE at the awards. Image: Everyone Active

At the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, no fewer than 30 Sporting Champions competed, taking home five gold, two silver and three bronze medals.

John Sewell, Everyone Active’s contract manager, said: “Everyone Active’s Sporting Champions scheme has been very successful in providing exceptional support to emerging talent and we are delighted to be once again supporting athletes from Harrow on their journey to success.

“It’s fantastic to see how the scheme has expanded over the years, now providing more than 1,000 athletes nationwide with access to top-quality training facilities and support.

“As a leisure provider working in partnership with London Borough of Harrow, we feel it is important to cater for all sections of the community. We hope to continue making a real difference to our athletes’ success and are excited to see what the relaunch of the scheme will bring this year.”

To find out more about the Everyone Active’s Sporting Champions scheme, visit www.easportingchampions.com.

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