After 16 days of Olympic euphoria, the London Olympics have sadly come to an end.
For the Wells Sports Foundation’s team of athletes, it has been an awesome couple of weeks, with our Patron and face of the Games, Jess Ennis, achieving her long term dream of Gold. To deliver under the conditions of such public expectation shows true greatness.
Our Box 4 Kids
Ambassador, Beth Tweddle, also claimed a very emotional bronze medal in the uneven bars, for which she publically thanked Barrie
for his help at a time when she was really in need of crucial support.
Eight of our athletes achieved 11 top 6 positions which is an amazing result at a truly global competition. Our full results per athlete are below...
Beth Tweddle – BRONZE
Dai Greene – 4th place, 400m hurdles & 4th in 4x400m relay
Lizzie Simmonds – 4th place, 200m backstroke
Liam Tancock – 5th place, 100m backstroke
Caitlin McClatchey – 5th place, 4x100m relay/4x200m relay & 7th place, 200m freestyle
Hannah Miley – 5th place, 400m IM, 7th place, 200m IM & 5th place, 4x200m IM relay
Holly Bleasdale – 6th place, pole vault
Sam Weale – 13th place, modern pentathlon
Katarina Johnson-Thompson – 15th place, heptathlon
Katarina displayed a standout performance as Britain’s number 2 heptathlete and appeared to bounce off Jess’s positive influence, as well as the home crowds’ massive support. One minute Kat would be innocently giggling at the almighty reception she was given and the next banging out PBs which resulted in a new overall personal best and UK junior record of 6,267.
Kat has said that Jess’s performance has inspired her to aim for Olympic gold in Rio and that she has embraced every single minute of a home games. It appears that the country has embraced Kat too, with her Twitter following increasing to 40,000 in the space of a week!
It unfortunately wasn’t the home games that Michael Rimmer had dreamed of and he was unable to explain his failure to progress beyond the first heat of the 800m.
Despite coming back from a number of injuries, Michael felt he was well prepared but it just wasn’t to be. He said "There is a lot of changes I need to make from now but I will come back stronger.”
Click here to read more about the support Barrie has given to each of our athletes.