Since winning four silver medals in 2010 word junior championship and then four golds and silver at the 2011 IWAS World Junior Championships in Dubai, Will Smith has been on everyone’s radar. Opportunities on the international stage since 2011 were few, with Britain not sending teams to the past two junior championships. At just 17 Will made the step up to seniors this year for the 1500m race in his first International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Grand Prix final, in a field that included London 2012 Paralympic champion David Weir and current world record holder Marcel Hug of Switzerland. This was followed with him competing at the Glasgow Common Wealth Games this summer. Unsurprisingly he found the going tough, finishing the T54 1500m final in a credible ninth with a time of 3:25.03 minutes.
Weightlifting sensation Rebekah was crowned European Youth Champion after a record-breaking performance in Lithuania. When she was just 14 she set new European Under-15 records in both the snatch and clean and jerk as she secured three gold medals in the over 63kg category at the championships in Klaipeda. The Bingley Grammar School pupil broke 47 British records ranging from Under-23 to Under-14, and is also the English senior record holder. Rebekah became the youngest weightlifter to win a senior women's British title as she took gold in 69kg class in Coventry this year and her total of 205kg would also have been good enough to win gold in both the higher 75kg and 75+kg categories. Representing Team GB at this years Commonwealth Games she narrowly missed out on a medal by just 5kg after finishing fourth in the women's 69kg. Rationale: Tiler is set to be Britain’s next weightlifting superstar and leading medal prospect at Rio 2016 and Tokyo in 2020.
Leeds-born Nile Wilson is one of the most exciting gymnasts to emerge from the sport in recent times. Considered one of Britain’s best sporting gems, he shot to fame in August 2014, becoming a double gold-winning Commonwealth medalist as the team’s youngest member, aged just 18. He collected a bronze in the all-round event and an individual silver on parallel bars, adding to his hoard of medals. This remarkable achievement in his first senior competition, earned the overnight sensation a place on the Great Britain team, who then went on to make history, finishing 4th at the World Championships in Nanjing, China. Nile’s journey began at a weekend, hour long gym class every Saturday at his local council-run centre in Pudsey, Leeds. His potential was identified early on and he was invited to begin training at the Leeds gymnastic centre of excellence which was then, at the well renowned Carnegie University. As the hours began to stack up, so did the medals, and it was clear to his coaches Dave Murray and Barry Collie, that they had a potential Olympian on their hands. Confirmation came at the Junior European Championships in Sofia (Bulgaria) in May 2014, which ultimately earned Nile his place on the Glasgow Commonwealth Games, winning team. He now splits his thirty hour-a-week training schedule between the new Leeds Gymnastic Club and Lilleshall National Sports Complex. His sights are firmly set on Rio 2016, the preparation program now fully in motion.