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Introducing: Ben Attwood, England Judo
20 years old
Former Kings Fitness & Leisure employee and Kings of Wessex Academy Student.
Has competed at under 21 level for England judo
Best achievement- Bronze medal at USA Open Championships
Kings Fitness & Leisure proudly gives Ben use of the facilities for his training.
Unfortuneatly I suffered another set back with my knee in the year 2015. I have a MRI scan booked for the 10th May 2016 and a follow up meeting on 24th May, all being well I can begin light training again following my long term injury.
In the near future I will begin to start doing competitions again within my new senior category at U66kg, aiming to qualify for British championships and hopefully place in that event.
I competed in the British championships on Saturday 13th December under 21s, I had 7 fights all through the day and ended up with 7th place, only my second competition back since ACL knee injury so slowly getting back into it.
I am just letting you know that i am in my final week of preparation before the British championships juniors on saturday. i will be fighting in under66 category and am aiming to reach the podium position, i will keep you updated.
Introducing: Polly Jarman, Olympic 2020 Sailing hopeful
19 years old
She is currently campaigning to participate in the 2020 Olympic Games in a double handed sailing boat (the 49er fx).
Competes nationally and will start competing Internationally soon.
Best Achievement - 4th in the National Circuit.
Kings Fitness & Leisure proudly gives Polly use of the facilities for her strength training.
Unfortunately not a lot has happened since my last update - I tore my MCL in my knee last summer which seems to refuse to heal properly despite mine and my doctors efforts. So currently I'm trying to build my fitness and strength ready for getting back on the water. I have been doing some bigger boat racing to learn new skills and keep a foot in the game but I have to be careful not to damage my knee further. I've attached some photos of my recent sailing and the results of my yacht sailing are as followed:
Monaco Primo Cup - 7th
RORC Easter Regatta - 7th
Smeralda 888 Travellers event - 8th
I still hope to go to the 2020 Olympics in my 49erFX and I aim to be getting on the water by the beginning of June at the very latest so I can be race ready for next season.
I am currently transitioning from my previous boat, the UK Cherub, which gave me a learning platform for transferring into the 49erFX to start my 2020 Olympic campaign.
The 49erFX is the new Women's Olympic Skiff which will make it's debut at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. It is a two person sailing dinghy with a lot of power, a lot of speed and a whole lot of excitement - hence the 49erFX's status as a fast and furious beast of a boat.
As well as taming the beast, to get to 2020, we must compete in a series of National and International events which consists of numerous races. This will rank us against some of the top sailors in the world - the better we race, the better our ranking and the closer Tokyo 2020 Olympic games will become!
The past few months have been fairly eventful. We went to Grafham Water for some training before a Grand Prix event held there at the beginning of March. Unfortunately, I hit my head during a capsize, giving me concussion which meant we had to cancel the remains of training and the event the following day. The following 6 weeks, we took a break from sailing and fitness training in order to let me recover from my injury, that meant I missed the first National Ranker event which my sailing partner attended with a different crew, and won!
April came with the Second National Ranker event held in Weymouth. The first day brought the wind in full force which led to disaster on our boat, including a breakage, a lot of irritation and our early retirement from the day of racing. We took day 2 to recover in order to recover and re-set, ready to train hard the next day and at the photo shoot later that week.
On the 15th April we had a photo shoot at Datchet Water (near London) with our current sponsors, Virtual Rigger and Wildwind to announce that our new official kit sponsor is Helly Hansen. It was sunny, warm, and for the most part the wind was good enough for some good sailing. It was a great day with our sponsors, sailing and a lot of smiling.
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