LDC's Junior Development programme supports Birchfield Harriers

As part of our contribution to the communities within which we operate, LDC looks to support a number of individuals and organisations in their quest for individual and team success. The relationship between business activity, community endeavours and personal development is at the heart of LDC.

LDC has sponsored Birchfield Harrier’s ‘Junior Development’ programme since 2011, providing much needed funding support to young athletes from across the Midlands region, all of whom are rising stars in UK track and field events. This year LDC are supporting ten athletes of which are listed below.

In addition to the financial support for these athletes, LDC has provided Birchfield Harriers with an owl sculpture from ‘The Big Hoot’, Birmingham’s biggest ever art event where 90 individually designed owl sculptures will be placed all over Birmingham and its outer districts from 20th July to 26th September forming exciting trails for the public’s pleasure. Birchfield’s Harriers owl will be unveiled at the Birmingham Grand Prix, one of the IAAF Diamond League events being held on 7th June 2015 at the Alexander Stadium.

Martin Draper, Chief Executive, LDC says “LDC’s association with Birchfield Harriers and sponsorship of the Junior Development programme forms part of our ongoing pledge to support local promising British talent – a commitment that is of equal relevance to LDC’s role as presenting partner of The Big Hoot 2015. We are delighted to have donated an LDC owl to Birchfield Harriers which will now be commissioned by local artist Josh Billingham. The design will reflect the wealth of talent and accolades achieved by the UK’s premier athletics club on a global scale, before being showcased at Alexander Stadium throughout the Summer.”

Athletes on the 2015 ‘Junior Development’ programme are:

Niklas Aare – Discus Niklas was ranked 10th in the UK at the end of the 2014 season. He is currently as University and combining his studies with his training.

Daniel Cartwright Shot and Discus Dan is in his second year as an U17 athlete and currently tops the UK rankings for both shot and discus. He is looking to gain his first GB vest in 2015.

Kai Chambers-Brown – 100m and 200m Kai is very new to the sport with 2014 being his first outdoor season. He made a major impact running 10.9 for 100m and 22.6 for the 200m These performances ranked him number 1 in the UK for 100m and 3rd in the UK for 200m.

Mustafa Mahammud – 400m Mustafa has a very strong season in 2014 only his second year in the sport. He was ranked 7th in 2014 and was third in the England Indoor championships in 2015.

Adele Nichol – Shot and Discus Adele is the number one in her age group for shot which is her main event. She has been number 1 in all the age groups and continues to dominate the event winning all the major titles in 2013. She represents Wales and is aiming to make the Commonwealth Games team for Wales in 2014.

Georgina Outten – 3000m Georgina was ranked number four in the 3km in 2014 and carried this form into the cross country season, when she was selected to represent Great Britain at the European Cross Country Championships.

William Richardson – 3000m Will has progressed well in the last two years finishing fourth in the English Championships in 2014. Ranked 10th in the UK at U17 he is now aiming to improve on this position in the U20 age group and also race at 5000m for the first time.

Georgina Rogers – 400m Hurdles Georgina made an excellent start to her career as a 400m hurdler in 2014, winning the English Schools title and third fastest in her age group in the UK.

Willliam Ritchie-Moulin 110m Hurdles William moved up to the 100m hurdles in 2014 and has a successful season. He has improved his indoor times indoors this season and is now focusing on the outdoor season where he is looking to replicate his indoor form.

Ebony Wake – Heptathlon Ebony is a talented multi event athlete who is also highly ranked in her age group in the long jump and the hurdles. She represented Great Britain in the indoor pentathlon international match in 2015 and is now looking to qualify for the European Junior championships. in the U20 indoor championships in 2014.

by Sophie Reed

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