Bristol’s junior athletics stars were cheered on today (Friday 28 July) by the city’s Mayor before they set off to take part in world championship competitions next week.
One of the group, para-athlete Simran Kaur, a 14-year-old 100m and 200m sprinter in the T46* category, is the youngest person chosen to join the GB para-athletics team and will be taking part in the World Para Athletics Championships in Switzerland next week.
Joining her for a pre-championship practice was Chris Stone, sprinter in the GB Juniors team who has just come back with a silver from the European Under-23s Championships, and a range of other local athletes training in athletics, and para athletics at Bristol & West Athletics Club.
Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol said: “As part of our work as European City of Sport we want to start recognising Bristol’s own local sporting talent. For too long Bristol has seemed to be underplaying its own sporting achievements. We want to take a stand on this issue to improve our offer as a global sporting city.
“These amazing young people are the future of Bristol’s sporting ambition. It’s been a pleasure to meet these inspiring youngsters and watch them get in shape for the world class competition that they are about to compete in and I hope they and their stories will prove to be inspiration to Bristolians of all ages to get out and try something new.
“I’d like to wish them all the best of luck as they prepare for this season and let them know that Bristol is very proud of their great achievements.”
Simran Kaur said: “I'm very proud to be representing Great Britain. I'm training hard and will give it 100 percent on the day. Hopefully I'll bring back a medal.”
Nick Harris, UK Athletics trainer for Bristol & West Athletics Club and Simran’s trainer said: “Extraordinary people are ordinary people who practice and do things well. I am so proud of all our international athletes and look forward to helping them become the next generation of Bristol’s sporting stars.”
All of the athletes are either born in Bristol or train at Bristol & West Athletics Club.
Also as part of Bristol’s year as European City of Sport, the council are working alongside clubs and organisations from around the city in order to put on free taster sessions around the city for people of all ages. The “Are You Game?” campaign launched in April and is running through to September 17th.
You can keep up to date with the most recent news on Bristol’s year as European City of Sport by following the website ( bristolcityofsport17.co.uk ) or Facebook and Twitter pages.
Left to right: Mia Breeze, Chris Stone, Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol, Simran Kaur and Charlotte Taylor-Green
Other athletes at the event included:
Charlotte Taylor-Green - Recently won silver at the UK trials at the beginning of this month.
Mia Breeze - Simran Kaur's training partner and competeing at competitions aroudn the country.