Fifteen year old Brittany is a competitive sprint hurdler for Rugby and Northampton Athletic Club (RNAC). She has been hurdling since the age of 10 when current coach Janet Wright introduced her to the event following some success in school sprinting. Soon after in 2011 when she was at the top of her age group Brittany ranked 8th in the UK and won the Youth Development League (YDL) National final. In 2014 she was one of the youngest girls in her age group, often by 2 years, but she managed to decrease her 80m hurdles time down from 13.07 to 12.20 in this season alone, the clocking of 12.20 enabling her to qualify for and to be one of only 11 fifteen year olds in the country to compete at the British and Irish championships at Bedford in August 2014.
Other achievements in 2014 include reaching the semi-final at the 60m hurdle indoor equivalent, in a personal best time of 09.51, a bronze in the Warwickshire champs for u17s, and then a huge improvement to earn a silver medal in the Midland Championships (also u17s) earlier this year in August. In her last race of the season, the YDL National finals, she placed 4th in the ‘A’ race with a personal best time, contributing to the team’s amazing 6th place finish, making RNAC the 6th best athletics team in the country, behind clubs such as Edinburgh and various big London clubs. Next year Brittany will still be in the u17 age category, and is aiming to qualify for English schools and the two England competitions she entered and competed at in 2014, and is hoping to improve on her previous performances. She is aiming to clock less than 12.00 seconds which could possibly secure her a place in a national final, however she will see where her winter training at both the track and Peak Performance takes her, and continue her love and passion for the sport which she has shown that she clearly possesses.
Brittany first visited Peak Performance in June 2013 seeking help for some pain in her quad, which was soon diagnosed as a muscle tear. Following rehab she carried out strength and conditioning training through the winter and was able to return back to her sport stronger than ever before.
Ally has been playing hockey for Northampton Hockey club (formerly Northampton Lions) since the age of 11. Ally spent much of his youth juggling between hockey and rugby but finally choosing to play hockey exclusively. He has played in all age groups from ‘junior’ to ‘men’s’ hockey and has also played at international level for Scotland. Aged 14 Ally was selected for Scotland Boys U16 and at this age group he played in tests against Ireland, Wales and other representative International teams. He was further selected for the Scotland U18 team last year and played in test matches against Ulster and against British Colleges.
Ally has also represented the Midlands (JRPC) U17, U18 and Northamptonshire U17 teams. He has recently qualified as a Level 1 coach and coaches the Northampton Falcons Academy and Northamptonshire County teams. Upon being selected for British Colleges hockey team this year Ally has played matches against England U16 and Wales U18. He is also set to play tests in Scotland later in the year.
He currently attends Moulton College where he is studying Sports Development, Coaching and Fitness alongside being part of the hockey academy. He trains on a daily basis, often playing 2 or 3 matches a week which require Ally to be in top physical condition to reduce his injury risk.
Anastasia de Clermont
Anastasia is a talented netball player and has a sports scholarship to Rugby School where, this year, she played goal attack for the U14 ‘A’ team and won Player of the Season award. She has also won selection into the U16 County Netball Academy. Other awards include winning the ‘Most Promising Player Award’ for the LMR ladies club, and selected to play Fives for Rugby School. In 2012 she was goal shooter for her previous school’s 1st team who were undefeated in t he Midlands IAPS competition, coming 3rd in the subsequent national finals, losing only one match through both competitions. Anastasia has been training with the Warwickshire U14 Academy squad, who won the end-of-season final tournament in May. She will have trials for the Warwickshire U16 in September.
Anastasia is also a very good hockey player, having been part of the Warwickshire JAC squad in 2012 and 2013.
The conditioning sessions at Peak Performance have helped Anastasia develop fundamental skills that have enhanced her sports performance, assisted her in coping with the demands of a multi-sport workload, and helped reduce the risk of injury.
I am relatively new to triathlons, having only started training 3 years ago. I had always used swimming to keep fit and was looking for a new challenge so I entered the Great North Open Water Swim. I then decided that I needed some open water swimming coaching and joined Rugby Triathlon Club. From there I entered my first triathlon in 2009 with my sole aim just to finish it! From that point on I was hooked and have competed in triathlons ever since.
Over the last 3 years I have raced at local triathlon events all across the Midlands with some success; highlights of which include a 1st place finish (female) at Mallory Park Super Sprint, a 1st place in my age group at Kimbolton Sprint, and another 1st place finish in my age group at the Southam Sprint Triathlon.
My aim now is to improve my running ability for next year and to continue competing in sprint-distance triathlons. Working with the team at Peak Performance has helped me enormously with my performances, helping me to improve my swim, bike and running technique through supplementary conditioning training, and enabling me to consistently perform whilst reducing my risk of injury.
17 year old Gregor originally hails from the iconic and cultural City of Edinburgh, and moved to Rugby in 1998. He has a wide range of sporting interests however his main focus is with martial arts, in particular Taekwondo. Gregor has been taking part in Taekwondo since the tender age four and has been developing his technical skills ever since. He has won junior titles at the English Taekwondo Championships, and earned a second place finish at both the British and Scottish Scottish Junior Championships. Now competing with the adults and training regularly with the England squad, he hopes to emulate the success he had at junior level.
Whilst training at peak performance Gregor has been able to increase his muscular strength, endurance and power. This has benefited his already outstanding technical ability making Gregor more than ready to mix it with the seniors. His training regime, in conjunction with Peak Performance conditioning sessions, will allow him to get into the best possible shape for the world championships later this year.