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LDC announces continued support for Birchfield Harriers' Junior Development Programme in 2016

Martin Draper, Chief Executive of LDC announces that LDC goes into 2016 continually supporting Birchfield Harriers

Outside of the Board room we are passionate about supporting individuals and organisations in our local communities that want to drive success and personal development. Once again, we are proud to be the sponsor of Birchfield Harriers’ ‘Junior Development’ programme.

Now in its fifth year, our partnership sees us provide much needed funding support to young athletes from across the Midlands region, all of whom are considered to be the rising stars in UK track and field events.

This year we are supporting 16 athletes, more than we have ever before, and we look forward to cheering them on as they compete at national and international events throughout 2016!

MEET OUR ATHLETES

Dan Cartwright – shot

Dan is ranked number one in the UK, and won every domestic competition he entered in 2015. Selected to represent England in the Youth Commonwealth Games in Samoa, he finished in fourth place throwing a personal best of 18.59 metres – a huge 2.44m increase. Only 16, he moves into the U20 age group for 2016 and is aiming for selection for Great Britain at the World Junior Championships.

Will Richardson – 3000m

Will had a strong year in 2015, shaving 19 seconds off his personal best to a new time of 8 minutes 21 seconds. This saw him selected for the Commonwealth Youth Games in Samoa where he finished 4th. This year he will be targeting selection for the World Youth Championships at 5000m, a challenge in his first year running this event.

Mustafa Muhamuud – 400m

2015 was Mustafa’s first year in the U20 age group and he showed continued development reducing his 400m time to 48.55 from 49.51. This ranked him 13th in the UK and he also improved his 200m time significantly and is ranked 16th in this event.

Kai Chambers-Brown100m

Kai lowered his 100m time to 10.88 seconds and finished 4th in the English Schools championships in 2015. He is ranked 9th in the UK for 100m and 22nd for 200m.

Phoebe Harland – high jump

Phoebe ranked number one in the UK in 2015 with a height of 1.73m.

Cassie-Ann Pemberton - 100m and 200m

Cassie-Ann was 2nd at English Schools in the 200m and again 2nd in the England Championships at U15. She is ranked 9th the UK.

Gina Akpe-Moses – 100m

Gina is Irish and now living in Birmingham. She has a time that would put her 2nd in the UK rankings and represented Ireland at European Olympic Festival where she took a silver medal.

Tom Dodd – 800m and 1500m

Tom is ranked 3rd in 1500m in UK, is an English Schools silver medallist, won an International Schools Gold medal and has represented England at cross country.

Emma Hamplett – javelin

Emma won the Youth Commonwealth Games title in Samoa and also went to the World Youth Championships in 2015.

Tori Hamplett – javelin

Emma’s younger sister, Tori ranked 11th in the UK in 2015.

Sam Hindley – 400m

Sam made significant progress in 2015 and is looking to get into the top 10 in 2016.

Kia Stewart-Morrison - 100m

Kia was ranked 7th in the UK in 2015 after a season which saw her make great improvements in her time for 100m and 200m.

Felicity Bee – heptathlon and javelin

Felicity was an English Schools finalist at the English Schools Championships.

Beth Lloyd – pentathlon

Beth moves up into the U17 age group when she will compete in the heptathlon.

Shamilla Channer – 80m hurdles

Shamilla is ranked 20th in the UK and made significant progress last year.

Remi Flavell – 3000m

Remi made significant progress in 2015 and has the potential to improve significantly.