Backing Sporting Ambition: Our partnership with Birchfield Harriers

LDC is supporting ambitious young athletes at Birchfield Harriers Athletic Club in Birmingham, some of which are hoping to represent Great Britain and compete at the upcoming 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.

Our partnership, now in its eight year, focuses on its Junior Development Programme and has helped almost 100 athletes since 2011.

2018 was the most successful year of our partnership to date with three LDC-supported athletes competing in junior and youth international competitions: Kaie Chambers-Brown (100/200m) was part of the World Juniors team and Cassie-Ann Pemberton (100/200m) and Jordan Ricketts (110m Hurdles) both went to the European Youth Championships.

In 2019, our partnership will provide 25 young athletes with the financial support to train, develop and compete as they work towards their dream of becoming an international athlete and for some competing at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.

Staying on the programme are:

Daniel Cartwright – Shot Putt

Kaie Chambers-Brown – 100m

Cassie-Ann Pemberton – 100/200m

Jordan Ricketts – 100m Hurdles

Anya Bates – 100m Hurdles

Ryan Shields – 800/1500m

Dylan King – 800m

Jose Duhaney – 400m

Louise Robinson – 400m hurdles

Nichole Birmingham – Shot Putt/Hammer

Leah Okorhi – 100/200m

Oshay Williams – 100/200m

Abazz Shayam-Smith – triple jump

Ben Saunders – high jump

Kyle Boden – long jump

New to the programme for 2019 are:

Joshua Robins – 1500m/3000m

Olivia Jones – high jump

Isiah Ogoula – 100/200m

Ishaq Patterson 100/200m

Ella Semple – 800/1500m

Sean Mhende – triple jump

Rhianna Burrell – high jump/pentathlon

Alwayne Campbell – 100/200m

Ben Brinsdon – 400m

The funding will also help provide educational sessions about topics such as nutrition, strength and conditioning and sports psychology for other young athletes at Birchfield Harriers.

If you are interested in contributing to the success of the club’s athletes, Birchfield Harriers is also offering other businesses the opportunity to sponsor the club’s 2022 Commonwealth Games hopefuls. To find out more information, you can get in touch with the Birchfield Harriers here.

We continue to follow and cheer on the athletes at the club and are wishing everyone at Birchfield Harriers every success as they prepare for the 2022 Commonwealth Games and beyond. Good luck!