Medal success for Hampshire athletes at the 2014 Commonwealth Games
Thursday, 14 August 2014
Hampshire Athletes have brought home a total of seven medals for Team England in the recent Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
The Commonwealth Games medal haul follows Hampshire's outstanding success at the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, where athletes from the county won ten per cent of the Team GB medal total.
Commonwealth gold medals were brought home by Gymnast Kelly Simm from Fareham, and Chris Mears who up until recently, trained at The Quays in Southampton.
Silver was won by Hart-based Isobel Pooley in the high jump, Alex Danson from Odiham - as part of Team England's hockey success, and Southampton-based Bethany Woodward in the long jump.
Diver Nicholas Robinson-Baker who was born in Farnborough, achieved a bronze medal, as did Hart-based swimmer Andrew Willis in the men's individual 200 metre breaststroke.
A total of 30 athletes who live or train in Hampshire competed at the Commonwealth Games, ten of whom have been supported in their development by the Hampshire Talented Athlete Scheme (HTAS). The scheme is funded by Hampshire County Council and co-ordinated by Sport Hampshire & IOW and aims to help Hampshire's athletes reach world-class podiums.
To add to their success, medal winners and HTAS beneficiaries, Isobel Pooley, Kelly Simm, Alex Danson and Andrew Willis have also received the Michael Austin Harlick Award which recognises consistent and outstanding achievement in school sports activities.
Speaking about her experience, Kelly Simm said: "The games were just incredible. I had the most amazing time being there and being in the Commonwealth Village with the all the athletes. The atmosphere in the arena was amazing, and to come away from my first major competition with the team gold is something I'll treasure forever! Moving on from this, we have world championship trials in a month's time so I would love to make the team for that, and then after that, there will hopefully be a bit of down time in the gym where I can work with my coaches to try and get some new elements into my routines, ready for next year."
More than 200 people have received funding or support through the Hampshire Talented Athlete Scheme (HTAS) for 2014. Funds have been doubled thanks to Hampshire County Council's Olympic Legacy programme.
Councillor Roy Perry, Leader of Hampshire County Council's said: "My warmest congratulations go to our medal winners, and all the Hampshire athletes who took part in what has been hailed as the most successful Commonwealth Games.
"Hampshire has a strong sporting heritage, with many exceptional sportsmen and women living in the county. The Hampshire Talented Athlete Scheme goes some way to providing much-needed support for these committed, talented and determined individuals. We look forward to watching their progress towards achieving their sporting ambitions."