Help Aspiring Athletes of Barking and Dagenham "Live Their Dream" & Reach the 2012 Olympics

'Living the Dream' - Our National Champions

Our Young Athletes
Barking and Dagenham are proud to have a number of athletes competing at international level. Their outstanding profiles are highlighted on this page, all have the potential to get to the top.

Since the trusts formation these and other athletes have been awarded grants. This has enabled vital equipment to be purchased as well as providing opportunities for several to attend specialised training camps to enhance their talent.
Athletics: Javelin

Bonne is 20 years of age and started throwing the javelin at the age of 14 after being introduced to the event at school and it soon became a very passionate hobby.?
Bonne trains at Enfield and Haringey Athletics Club and also Havering Mayesbrook Athletic Club.?


Frankie is 19 years old and currently studying a BA Hons in P.E and Sport at the University of Greenwich.
He is a member of the Junior Under 20 Men's Great Britain Team and competes in the under 90kg category and currently ranked 3rd in the country.

Athletics: Sprint

Lucy Sargent is a 21 year old athlete and competes in the 100m and 200m. She is ranked equal 1st in under 23 women 200m in Britain. Plus she is 3rd in under 23 women 100m in Britain.?
Lucy trains at Havering Mayesbrook Athletics Club and is coached by Trevor Marsay and Ann Sargent.


Rebecca?is 16 years old from the borough and competes in archery.
Rebecca trains at Abbey Bowmen and got into archery through a have a god archery session at a Living History Day organised by the National Trust.


Craig is now 24 years old and has been an elite swimmer for many years and is a valuable member of the Great Britain Learning Disability swim team.?
He trains 10 times a week with the London Borough of Redbridge swim team and goes to the gym at least 4 times.?


Reece is now 20 years of age and has been competing in Karate events since the age of 9.?
He trains at the Hanko-Ryu Karate Do and got into the sport through watching the film 'The Karate Kid'.?
The enjoyment that Reece gets from his sport is to travel, compete in International events and improve his performances and position/profile on the world stage.


Kike is 16 years old and started throwing at the age of 13 as a first year U15, which she only achieved 30.57m and ranked 21st in the UK.?
She is now ranked 2nd as an Under 17, 5th as an Under 20, 18th overall and 5th all time Under 17.


Anthony is currently training very hard for the forthcoming competitions. He trains 32 hours a week at South Essex Gymnastics Club in Basildon.?
His recent competitions have been tough as he has been competing in the adult age category. In the last competition there was no under 18's therefore Anthony was competing in the open section along with Lewis Smith the Pommel Bronze Medal Winner at the 2008 Olympics Games.?


Kelsey is 15 years old and has been swimming competitively for 5 years to National Standard. Kelsey trains between 16 - 18 hrs per week.?
Currently Kelsey is the overall 15 year old girl Essex County Amateur Swimming Association Champion, having won 8 individual gold medals, 1 silver and 5 bronze at the 2009 Championships. She also holds the Essex Age Group Event Best Time in the 800m Freestyle for 14 year old girls.


Leanne is 22 years of age and graduated from London South Bank University last year.
Leanne is now the under 23 national marathon champion and was invite to be part of the GB squad.


Ben is 21 and competes in flat water canoe racing. He trains in Barking and Norwich and got into the sport during his school holidays when he attended the Mayesbrook Lake summer sessions.
Ben is currently ranked 2nd nationally in the under 23 men's marathon K1 discipline.?
Ben loves to compete as much as possible and his sport gives him the opportunity to travel.


Jake is 17 years old and a member of Romford Town Swimming Club. He became really interested in swimming when his parents took him for lessons.
What he loves most about swimming is the sheer excitement of racing at galas and competitions.?


Chris is a 17 year old swimmer who is nationally ranked 6th in 200m butterfly and 11th in 100m butterfly.?
Chris got into swimming through his dad and was then recognised by a swimming teacher who suggested a swimming club!?
Chris is a member of the London Borough of Redbridge Club.


Bobbie-Ann Morgan is a 17 year old rower from the borough and is trained by Gary Annis at the Royal Docks Rowing Club.?
Bobbie-Ann got involved in rowing by chance, she was lucky enough to be walking her dog along the Dockside when the club were boating.?
She thought it looked fun and would be interesting in trying something new, so she asked about trying it and that's how it all began.


Hayley is a 15 year old judo player who is ranked GB number one in both cadet (under?17's) and juniors (under 20's).
Hayley Willis is a 15 year old girl who lives in Dagenham where she is a pupil at the Jo Richardson Community school. She belongs to three local clubs, Ford Judo Club, Redbridge Judo Club and Stratford Judo Club.


Chloe is a 21 year old who competes in Olympic freestyle wrestling. She is currently English Senior Champion.?
She started when she was scouted at a multi-sports event in London in August 2007. She was asked to try out the sport and found that she was talented at it and decided to train hard and get to 2012 and win gold!


Lindsey is 20 years old and from the borough. She is 3 times National Champion and once British Champion.?
Lindsey is just coming back after an injury so has not been competing recently.?
She got into judo through friends and trains at Camberly Judo Club in Surrey. She like fighting, but in a controlled environment, and finds this disciplined sport helps keep her focused and fit.?


Dean is an 18 year old swimmer who is trained by Paul Robbins with the London Borough of Redbridge Swimming Club.?
Dean is ranked within the top 10 nationally and within the time he has been swimming competitively he has gained over a thousand titles. He has recently competed internationally in Luxembourg and will compete later in the year in France.


Kelly is 15 years old and is a competitive judo player who is a member of Ford Judo Club. She is ranked 2nd in Great Britain in the under 52kg weight category.
Kelly loves judo as it's fun and sociable, she enjoys this discipline of self defence and likes traveling abroad for competitions and training.? She began judo early at just 5 years old.?


Ranked in the top 40 in her age group in the UK and number?one in Essex.?
Brooke plays in the?county team u14 and is training?five days a week at Redbridge Academy.
She played in?her 1st European tournament in December 2010.

Athletics: Javelin

Athletics Javelin

Ice Hockey

David is 17 years old and plays for Lee Valley Ice Hockey Team and Liberators Roller Hockey Team.?
David got into hockey when he use to go to the ice rink with his friends and enjoyed watching the sport.?
What he loves about hockey is being part of a team, and experiencing the highs and lows, fitness and adrenaline are what keeps him going in this sport which he has come to love.


Collette is 11 years old comes from the borough and competes at squash. She got into squash by attending an after school club.?
What she enjoys most about playing squash is gaining match experience. She is currently ranked 14 in the UK.

Ice Hockey

Stevie is 15 years old and a member of Chelmsford Ice Hockey Club and is currently ranked 4th at under 14s national defenseman level.
Stevie got into hockey through watching his brother and decided he wanted to be like him. What he loves about hockey is being part of a team, learning new things and being pushed to his limits.
His dream is to play for the NHL in America and his ambition is to play professional ice hockey in the UK for an elite league team (British NHL).


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