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Hampshire's Rising Stars

Hampshire's up and coming athletes are supported by the Hampshire Talented Athlete Scheme. This scheme is funded by Hampshire County Council and Southampton City Council.

Information about the support available from Hampshire Talented Athlete Scheme.

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    Annabel Vose, Sailing

    Personal best performances

    • 3rd 201potholes-vehicle-damage1 Junior Europeans
    • 3rd 2012 ISAF Youth Worlds
    • 1st 2012 Junior Europeans
    • 1st 2011 World Championships

    Top tips for aspiring athletes

    The best way to improve is to set goals, then break them down so you can achieve something in each training session, this helps you stay focused and overall performance will increase in turn.

     

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    Austin Jones, Judo

    Personal best performances

    • Current Commonwealth Junior Champion
    • National Champion three times
    • UK School Games Champion

    Top tips for aspiring athletes

    Never give up even when the going seems tough

     

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    Daniel Reynaldo, Disability Cricket

    Personal best performances

    Being part of the first ever international series for people with a physical disability in February 2012 which was held in Dubai against Pakistan.

    Top tips for aspiring athletes

    Practice as much as you possibly can and don’t forget to work on the basics.

     

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    Daniel Faulkner, Hockey

    Personal Best Performances

    • Gold Medal in U18 Four Nations Tournament, Holland, 2012
    • England U18 Test Series wins against Ireland and Germany
    • Silver medal at the Australian Youth Olympics playing for Team GB under 21 hockey team.

    Top tips for aspiring athletes

    Always enjoy what you do and have fun

     

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    Henry Lloyd Williams, Sailing

    Personal best performances

    • 2010 ISAF Youth World Championships – 4th
    • 2010 and 2011 Youth National Championships – 1st
    • 2011 29er World Championships- 13th
    • 2012 49er Nationals -4th

    Top tips for aspiring athletes

    Anyone can have the will to win but few have the will to prepare to win.

     

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    Hugo Tibbitts, Ice Hockey

    Personal Best Performances

    • Represented England U16’s a year early
    • Selected for the Great Britain U18 Development Squad a year early

    Top tips for aspiring athletes

    Always do everything to the best of your ability: Training, Drills, Conditioning, Game play, nutrition.

    Always leave the ice knowing you have given your very best.

     

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    Ira Banerjee, Badminton

    Personal best performances

    • Winning titles in U11, U13 and U15 National Championships
    • Reaching semi-finals in both, Singles and Doubles at under 19 National Championships when I was just 14.
    • Remaining unbeaten throughout U15 season nationally as well as internationally (in Europe) in Girls’ Doubles.

    Top tips for athletes

    At times, you might feel de-motivated and bored, but just remember that it is all worth it in the end!

     

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    Jenna Barrett, Gymnastics (Tumbling)

    Personal best performances

    • Winning a bronze medal at the 'World Age Games' 2011 at the NIA in Birmingham
    • 2nd at British Championships 2011 & 2012

    Top tips for athletes

    Stay positive. Stay committed. Want to do it for yourself, no-one else. Be inspired by other athletes and what they achieve

     

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    Lauren Milligan, Basketball

    Personal best performances

    Part of the England Women’s Under 16 then Under 18 Teams who in 2011 and 2012 finished runners up and gained promotion to Division A in the European Championships.

    Top tips for aspiring athletes

    Work hard and keep at it as success not always in a straight line!

     

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    Megan Brickwood, sailing

    Personal best performances

    • 1st  420 World Championships, 2011
    • 1st 420 Inlands championships 2012
    • 3rd Junior European Championships 2011

    Top tips for athletes

    To enjoy your sport because if you always do then motivation to train and keep going will come with it easily.

     

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    Olivia Breen, Athletics

    Personal best performances

    • Paralympic bronze medal in 4 x 100m relay (T35/8) 2012.
    • Reaching finals of 100m and 200m at 2012 Paralympic Games
    • Bronze medal in 100m and 200m at European Championships in Netherlands 2012.
    • Highly Commended in Aviva Daily Telegraph Young Persons Award for Excellence in Disability Sport 2012.
    • Shortlisted for BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year 2012

    Top tips for athletes

    Never give up, push yourself and stay positive.

     

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    Phoebe Dowson, Athletics, Discus

    Personal best performances

    • English Schools Champion 2010, 2011, 2012.
    • 4th place Commonwealth Youth Games, 2011
    • England U20W selection
    • Previously UK and County Champion

    Top tips for aspiring athletes

    Keep working hard and develop and improve gradually.  
    Enjoy what you do and make training constructive but good fun.

     

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    Sarah White, Diving

    Personal best performances

    • British Junior team selection 2011/2012
    • Silver Dresden Youth International 2012
    • 6th European Junior Championship 2012

    Top tips for aspiring athletes

    Train hard in the gym. Don’t be scared of dives before you try them, think they will be fun and they are.

     

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    Tom Britz, Sailing

    Personal best performances

    Gold  Laser 4.7 European junior championships, 2009 Gold Sl 16 Open World Championships, 2012 Gold ISAF Youth Sailing World Championships, 2012

    Top tips for athletes

    Train as you race, race as you train

     

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    Yasmin Parsons, Netball

    Personal best performances

    Captain of England U17. Member of the England U19 Netball squad for the European Championships. Member of England U21 team and British Universities team. Member of the England senior team.

    Top tips for aspiring athletes

    A true champion is someone who wants to make a difference, who never gives up, and who gives everything she has no matter what the circumstances are. A true champion works hard and never loses sight of her dreams.

     

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    Tressa Armitage - Table Tennis, age 16

    Personal Best Performances

    • 3 Silver Medals and 1 gold medal at Junior National Championships.
    • Selection for England Under 15s and Under 18s and one full Senior Cap.  
    • Winning my first Women’s Senior Open competition at the Bristol Grand Prix recently.

    Your Top Tips for aspiring athletes

    Always give 100% in your training and your competitions.  Stay positive, even if others aren’t.

     

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    Caroline Brownlie - Pistol Shooting, age 33

    Personal Best Performances

    • Being selected to compete in the Commonwealth Games 2010
    • Selected for the Scottish High Performance Squad for 2013
    • Won the 2013 British Pistol Club Championships with a PB and a new Scottish record.
    • Selected to shoot for GBR in 2013 World Cup in Granada, Spain.
    • Finished 5th in the Ladies British Championships 2013 as well as shooting a new Scottish record.

    Your Top Tips for aspiring athletes

    Set short and long term goals. If you don’t know what you are aiming for then you have no motivation for training and competing.

     

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    Joe Coombs - Canoe Slalom, age 20

    Personal Best Performances

    • English Champion in 2012 and is currently ranked 11th senior and 4rd Under 23 in Great Britain.
    • Four times British Junior Champion and British Universities Champion

    Your Top Tips for aspiring athletes

    If you really want to win, then you have to be the one that trains harder, smarter and better than everyone else, if you are to stand a chance on race day.

     

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    Jocelyn Hunt - Women’s Artistic Gymnastics, age 16

    Personal Best Performances

    • 2010 Silver Commonwealth team medal
    • 2010 Silver team European medal
    • 2011 Individual floor bronze at Doha world cup

    Your Top Tips for aspiring athletes

    Don’t give up if something goes wrong.

     

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    Leonora Mackinnon - Fencing, age 17

    Personal Best Performances

    • 2nd at the British Senior National Championships 2012
    • 3rd at Bristol Senior Open 2012
    • 2nd Junior Selection Circuit Kidderminster 2012
    • 3rd Junior Selection Circuit Newcastle 2012
    • 1st U18 British Championships 2012
    • 7th Turku Senior Satellite 2012

    Your Top Tips for aspiring athletes

    Keep going and pushing through everything. There are always going to be tough days and easy days and there are always aspects of training that everyone hates. But your sport is not a sacrifice it is a choice and it is your choice.

     

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    Ayesha Mclelland - BMX motocross, age 17

    Personal Best Performances

    • 3rd in the National Series in 2010, 3rd in the British Championships in 2010.
    • Ranked World number 4 in the 17+ women’s class. This was my first world championship so making the final made it even more special.

    Your Top Tips for aspiring athletes

    Don’t treat training as a chore as the saying goes “practise makes perfect” if your make training fun you will gain more benefits.

     

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    Isobel Pooley - High Jump, age 18

    Personal Best performances

    • BUCS Indoor and Outdoor Champion 2012
    • GB representation at the 2012 European Championships
    • McCain Challenge Series Winner 2012
    • National Championship medallist 2009, 2010, 2011 & 2012
    • International representation 2009, 2010, 2011 & 2012
    • Hampshire Schools Champion 2008, 2009, 2010 & 2011
    • BUCS Sportswoman of the Year 2012  

    Top tips for aspiring young athletes

    Make sure you focus 100% in training as well as competition since it is the training that builds the performances you want! Be cheerful, positive and helpful to others around you and you’ll get a great response. Make smart decisions based on your goals and aspirations as an athlete (for example, taking control of your diet, lifestyle and sleep patterns). Enjoy your sport and be grateful for the opportunities and talent that you have ?

     

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    Bethany Watts - Diving, age 15

    Personal Best Performances

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    • Being selected to dive for Great Britain in Germany and coming 2nd atJunior Elite Nationals in 2011. Silver medal at the 2012 Junior Elite Championships.
    • Bronze at the 2013 Junior European Championships in Poland

    Your Top Tips for aspiring athletes

    Just work hard and try not to worry about too much about competitions!

     

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    David Hill, Boccia

    Personal Best Performances

    • Silver at Nationals 2012
    • Silver at British Championships, 2011 & 2012
    • Three-times Champion at DSE Open
    • Twice Champion at Czech Open, 2011 & 2012
    • Reclassified as a BC2 narrowly missed making the cut for the GB Talent Squad.
    • In his very first game as an official BC2 he beat Dan Bentley, Gold and Bronze Paralympian
    • Finished 5th in his first national competition in a stronger classification group.

    Your top tips for aspiring athletes

    It seems obvious, but you need to train and play as frequently as you can. Consistency and confidence in your own ability can only grow with constant practise. If you feel you are going through a patch of bad form, all athletes experience this at some point, it is important to keep going and push through it.