SportsAid's Yorkshire medalists at London 2012
Published on: 16th August 2012
Athletes from Yorkshire funded by SportsAid in their formative years have undoubtedly captured the nation’s imagination and look certain to inspire the sports stars of tomorrow.
Alicia Blagg, Leeds based 15 year old Diver, made the final in the Women’s 3m Synchro with her partner Rebecca Gallantree, with Alicia looking set to learn from the experience with many more Olympic opportunities to come. Alicia was supported by SportsAid as recently as 2011.
Sheffield’s Jessica Ennis realised her lifetime ambition to become Olympic Champion setting a new British record and beating her nearest rival by over 300 points. The 26 year old from Sheffield was supported by SportsAid as a teenager in 2001 and 2002 on her journey to superstardom.
Hull’s Luke Campbell (pictured above) wrapped things up in style for Yorkshire producing some scintillating performances in the ring to win Boxing Gold in the Men’s Bantamweight. Luke, who was supported by SportsAid in 2006, said: 'I had to be on my game to win and thankfully I was. I can't believe it. I'm very proud to be from Hull and I really appreciate all the support both there and here in London.’
Athletes like Fencer Husayn Rosowsky from Sheffield, who was supported by SportsAid in 2008 and came incredibly close to causing an upset with the Men’s Foil Team against eventual Gold Medallists Italy.
Sheffield’s Ellie Faulkner competed in the Women’s 4x200m Relay in the pool, finishing just seconds away from a Bronze medal. Ellie was supported by SportsAid in 2010.
At the closing ceremony, as most were reflecting on a fantastic Olympic Games, SportsAid has already begun to look to the future. With the spectacular successes of SportsAid’s athletes in London the challenge is set to ensure that Yorkshire continues to be a powerhouse for British sport. We look forward to working with you over the coming months to realise this ambition.