More Kent athletes than ever join Team GB
26 July 2012
Kent has extra cause to cheer on Team Great Britain at the
opening ceremony of London 2012 on Friday as 12 athletes from the
county will be competing on the world stage – the highest number
ever to come from Kent.
At the Beijing Games in 2008, there were eight local athletes
who either trained or were born here. They included Lisa Dobriskey
from Ashford and Ashley Jackson from Tonbridge, who will both
compete again this year.
As everyone gears up for the Opening Ceremony on Friday 27 July,
the Kent performers will be getting ready to compete and they will
- Dartford Adam Gemili – 100m athletics
- Tunbridge Wells Bryony Shaw – windsurfing
- Ashford Lisa Dobriskey – athletics, Tom Ransley – rowing
- Tonbridge and Malling Ashley Jackson – hockey, Jack Green –
- Maidstone Natalie Seymour – hockey (reserve), Sean King
and Jack Waller who train at Invicta Water Polo Club.
- Canterbury William Fox-Pitt – equestrian eventing
- Chatham Kat Driscoll – trampolining
- Gillingham Ryan Bertrand – football
To follow the schedule of events during London 2012 and find out
more about the competitions visit the Kent Sport
A number of top level performers have been receiving support
from Kent County Council’s Free Access for National Sportspeople
(FANS) scheme which works with leisure centres, gyms, sports
professionals and local authorities.
World champion runner Lisa Dobriskey is an Ambassador for the
FANS scheme and said: “To be the best you need to train like the
best and the range and quality of the facilities Kent has to offer
allows athletes on the scheme to do just that.”
Members are offered free sessions at sporting facilities and can
make use of discounted physiotherapy, equipment and clothing. Since
it was launched in 1998, there are now hundreds of athletes,
representing a wide range of sports, receiving support.
KCC Cabinet member for Customer and Communities Mike Hill said: “The number of athletes from
Kent who have been selected is a tremendous achievement and
testament to their hard work and dedication. The FANS scheme and
the Kent School Games are just some of the ways in Kent we can help
people reach their potential and we hope even more will be inspired
by those competing at London 2012.”
The Kent School Games (KSG) help 30,000 young people from the
county to compete in their own Games and enjoy the excitement of
representing their school and area. The aim is to inspire young
people to get into sport and celebrate the sporting talents of
Kent’s young sportspeople. Dartford’s Adam Gemili, who has been
selected for Team Great Britain took part in the County Schools
Athletics Championships, part of the KSG just two years ago.
The KSG were set up by Kent County Council and has been used as
a model of the National School Games.