• Athletes from across the Midlands have been celebrating sporting success this past few weeks
  • Medals aplenty at the World Para Athletics Championships, World Aquatics Championships, Commonwealth Youth Games and EUBC European Women’s Junior Championships

 

It has been an incredible summer of sport for Midlands athletes, coinciding with Birmingham’s bid for the 2022 Commonwealth Games.

So far this summer, there have been medals, records and personal bests for athletes from across the region at a range of major events, including the World Para Athletics Championships, World Aquatics Championships, Commonwealth Youth Games in the Bahamas and the EUBC European Women’s Junior Championships.

Further sporting action is yet to come with Athletics, Badminton, Boxing, Judo and Rhythmic Gymnastics World Championships all expected to feature Midlands sporting talent in the next couple of months.

Highlights so far this summer include:

World Para Athletics Championships, London

Sophie Hahn T38 100m Nottingham Gold
Sophie Hahn T38 200m Nottingham Gold
Jonnie Peacock T44 100m Oakham/ Loughborough Gold
Stefanie Reid T44 Long Jump Loughborough Gold
Richard Whitehead T42 200m Nottingham Gold
Jonathan Broom-Edwards T44 High Jump Loughborough Silver
Mickey Bushell T53 100m Shrewsbury/ Telford Silver
Kare Adenegan T34 100m Coventry Silver
Kare Adenegan T34 800m Coventry Bronze
Richard Whitehead T42 100m Nottingham Bronze

 

Commonwealth Youth Games, Bahamas

Aaron Bowen Boxing, 75kg Coventry Gold
Sian Bobrowska Judo, -48kg Worcester Gold
Sian Bobrowska Judo, -48kg Worcester Gold
Leah Grosvenor Judo, -57kg Stourport-on-Severn Gold
Mason Wilby Swimming, 200m Butterfly Coalville Gold
Georgina Adam Athletics, mixed 4x200m relay Lincoln Silver
Seamus Derbyshire Athletics, 400m hurdles Stoke-on-Trent Silver
Thomas Fawcett Rugby 7s Henley-in-Arden Silver
Elizabeth Harris Swimming, mixed 4x100m freestyle relay Stoke-on-Trent Silver
Elizabeth Harris Swimming, mixed 4x200m freestyle relay Stoke-on-Trent Silver
Jack Sumners Athletics, 110m hurdles Stratford-upon-Avon Silver
Mason Wilby Swimming, mixed 4x100m freestyle relay Coalville Silver
Luke Duffy Athletics, 1500m Nottingham Bronze

 

EUBC European Women’s Junior Championships (Boxing), Bulgaria

Elise Glynn 54kg juniors Solihull Gold
Simran Kaur 48kg juniors Telford Silver
Kara Murray 66kg juniors Telford Silver

 

World Aquatics Championships, Budapest (to 30 Jul)

Adam Peaty 100m breaststroke Uttoxeter Gold/ CR*
Adam Peaty 50m breaststroke Uttoxeter Gold/ WR*

 

Birmingham’s bid has the full support of the wider Midlands region, including: Birmingham City Council; three regional local enterprise partnerships: Greater Birmingham and Solihull LEP; Black Country LEP; Coventry and Warwickshire LEP; the West Midlands Combined Authority and the newly elected Mayor of West Midlands, Andy Street; the West Midlands Growth Company; and the Midlands Engine.

The Birmingham 2022 bid team and sports fans across the Midlands have been cheering on the regions’ athletes. Excitement is also building around the potential to see many of them compete in local venues, should Birmingham be selected to host the 2022 Commonwealth Games.

Buoyed on by their superb performances, athletes have also been sharing their hopes and dreams of repeating their successes in front of a home crowd in Birmingham 2022.

Sian Bobrowska, Commonwealth Youth Games Gold Medallist, Judo, from Worcester said:

“It was a real honour to represent team England in the Bahamas, I was very proud to get a Gold medal, it certainly would be amazing to represent them again at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham as it’s very close to my home town.”

Tom Fawcett, Commonwealth Youth Games 2017 Rugby 7s Silver Medallist and Worcester Warriors Academy player, said:

“Playing for my country in the Commonwealth Youth Games was incredible and the feeling of winning a silver medal is something I will never forget. 

“As someone who has grown up in the area, the possibility of Birmingham hosting the 2022 Commonwealth Games is something that really excites me and I would love to see the Games awarded to such a fantastic city.”

Zena Wooldridge OBE, Director of Sport, University of Birmingham and member of Birmingham Commonwealth Games Bid team, said:

“This summer of sport has already been truly inspirational with so many local athletes performing at their best on a global stage. With the World Athletics Championships starting next week, we wish University of Birmingham medical student, Sarah McDonald, well in the 1500m in London. We have seen from previous major events in the UK the benefits of home advantage and are working hard to ensure that Birmingham can provide that for our athletes by winning the 2022 Commonwealth Games bid.”

 

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*CR = Championship Record; WR = World Record