Momentum Sports Academy: Bronze Athletes

These are the details of those athletes at the Bronze level of the Momentum Sports Academy. These athletes have shown particularly good talent in their events, and the Academy aims to help them fulfill their potential.

George Rees

George, having been doing athletics since he was an U15 athlete, has enjoyed a good past few years. He started out as a 800m athlete before dropping down to the 1 lap distance in 2018, which is the year he set his PB of 50.68. Having suffered a big hamstring injury soon afterward, he has worked his way back into similar shape, posting times in the low 51s in 2019 and a very disrupted 2020 season. This is a sign that his PB could be rewritten very soon.

Lucy Atkins

Lucy has been progressing consistently during her years in athletics. Her main events are the 200m and 300m distances, which she has set PBs in each of the past 4 years. In 2021, Lucy will be moving up to the U20 age group, which means she will be moving up to the 1 lap event. Judging by how she has been going the past few years, she should be able to do very well at the 1 lap event.

Jonathan Darby

Jonathan has come on leaps and bounds since coming to Momentum Sports. Having started as a cross-country and long-distance runner, he has since become a very talented 800m and 1500m runner, representing Kingston in the former in the British Athletics League (now National Athletics League) for many seasons now. Jonathan has managed to break the 1min 55 second barrier for the 800m and is consistently ranked as one of the best middle distance runners for K&P.

Matt Atkins

Matt is part of our long distance contingent here at Momentum Sports. Matt's main event is the 5k, with a track PB of 15:29 and a road PB of 15:55. Matt's speed has been increasing over the years, with his 1500m PB dropping from 4:23.1 in 2016 to 4:13.14 in 2019. After a very disrupted 2020 season, 2021 should see Matt continue this trend and should lead to more PBs!

Tobi Afilaka

Tobi is a relative newcomer to the sport of athletics, having started in 2017. However, she has made a huge amount of progress that belies those years, with highlights include being a part of the K&P U17 girls team that ran at the London Diamond League relays in 2019 at the Olympic stadium. With her current PB of 13.0 for 100m set in 2019, 2021 is looking to be the year Tobi goes below the 13 second barrier.

Max Perez-Diaz

In terms of years with Momentum, Max could be considered a veteran of the group. Having set a PB of 49.89 for 400m in 2018, injury plagued his 2019 season, where he "only" ran 50.06. COVID-19 majorly disrupted his 2020 season, which did have a speed focus, as he equalled his 100m. The hope is that in 2021, this speed can be translated to the 400m, with Max having an eye on that 48 second barrier.

Sophie Doherty

Sophie is one of the multieventers we have here at Momentum Sports. 2019 was a big year for Sophie, as she gained an England vest to represent England as an U15 in the SIAB International, which was a just reward for Sophie's busiest season! Sophie's first year as a U17 was unfortunately disrupted by COVID-19, but she did manage to get a few competitions, and she managed to set PBs in long jump and shotputt. Now with the 2021 outdoor calendar looking more like normal, we can expected Sophie, as a second year U17 athlete, to have another big year.

Jack Stracey

Jack is 400m/800m athlete, who has been part of K&P for over 4 years now. Having had two very consistent years in both 2018 and 2019, this is a sign that a big breakthrough in both events could be on the card, and 2021 could be that year.