Local GB gymnast nominated for Sporting Champions Awards

Local GB gymnastics star, Ondine Achampong, has been nominated for a prestigious award.
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Ondine is up for National Champion of the Year at Everyone Active’s Sporting Champions Awards, which are due to be held at Porchester Hall in Bayswater, London on Tuesday, November 7.

The event will be hosted by Great Britain’s double world 110m hurdles champion and former world record holder Colin Jackson.

Everyone Active runs more than 220 leisure and cultural centres across the country, including Berkhamsted Leisure Centre, Hemel Hempstead Leisure Centre and Jarman Park Athletics Track, in partnership with Dacorum Borough Council.

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Ondine Achampong

The company’s Sporting Champions scheme is a sports talent development programme which supports 1,400 athletes.

Now in its seventh year, the initiative has helped thousands of athletes to achieve their sporting potential by providing free access to Everyone Active’s leisure facilities nationwide.

Ondine embarked on her gymnastics journey at the age of three and utilises the facilities at Hemel Hempstead Leisure Centre.

Recently, she represented Great Britain at the World Artistic Gymnastics Championships in Antwerp, Belgium, achieving an impressive 13th place in the All-Around competition.

Her talent shone at the 2023 English Championships, where she clinched first place in the All-Around, uneven bars and floor. At the 2023 British Championships, Ondine not only ascended to the title of British Beam Champion but also secured second place in the All-Around competition.

The Sporting Champions Awards ceremony will be preceded by a mentoring workshop, led by the scheme’s team of Elite athletes.

Olympic and Paralympic stars Lutalo Muhammad, Richard Kilty, Maisie Summers-Newton, Kadeena Cox and Lauren Steadman will share their insights and experiences to help guide the Sporting Champions athletes in their own careers.

Steve Cox, Everyone Active’s area contract manager, said: “We are really looking forward to celebrating the fantastic achievements of all the Sporting Champions athletes at Porchester Hall, including Ondine.

“The scheme has been very successful in providing exceptional support to emerging talent and we are delighted to be showcasing this.

“It’s fantastic to see how the scheme has expanded over the years, now providing more than 1,400 athletes nationwide with access to top-quality training facilities and support.

“As a leisure provider working in partnership with Dacorum Borough Council, we feel it is important to cater for all sections of the community, and we hope to continue making a real difference to our athletes’ success.”

To find out more about the Everyone Active’s Sporting Champions scheme, visit www.easportingchampions.com or follow @easportingchamps on Instagram. For further information on Everyone Active, visit www.everyoneactive.com