We have been fortunate enough to have helped develop many young athletes and shared their pride in helping them reach their potential.
In 2014 we launched our Search for a Star campaign to provide young up and coming athletes with full access to all our services so that they can fulfil their sporting potential. If you know someone who you think would benefit from our support, please do let us and them know.
Sarah started windsurfing on holiday when she was 8 years old and has never looked back. Now competing on the Professional World Tour for Great Britain in the slalom discipline, in 2019 she posted her highest ranking to date finishing 11th in the World Cup in Denmark and first U21. In 2018 she won her first World Title, finishing top of the Youth rankings in the IFCA World Championships. This victory has motivated Sarah to strive for further success on the World scene and she is determined to stand on the top of the podium at a Pro World Cup event.
2020, like for many athletes, has been a tough year for Sarah, starting with a concussion in February and just as she returned to the water, all national and international competitions were cancelled. She has however put a positive outlook on the whole situation and used the downtime to finish her degree, gaining a first class honours from the University of Bath. She is now looking on to the 2021 season with high hopes and training hard on and off the water ready for this challenge.
Lucy Roberts is a GB waterskier. She started competing at the age of 10 and since then has taken two British records, represented Britain in multiple international competitions and has won 14 national titles. In waterskiing there are three events; slalom, trick and jump. Points from these are then combined to give an overall score. Lucy’s strongest discipline is in overall because she does well in all three events but has chosen not to specialise in one single event. She was lucky enough to have spent a portion of lockdown living at the lake so that she could train with some of her teammates whilst maintaining social distance.
Unfortunately, in mid-July Lucy had a very nasty jump crash which resulted in her breaking her wrist in three places (ulna, radius and scaphoid). This meant that she couldn’t spend time on the water or driving the boat (which she was improving at), but she was able to stay at the lake and help out with coaching. She has been trying to keep fit as best she can considering the lack of an arm so that it will be easier for her to get back to where she was before her accident. Her goal is to break the junior British jump record of 132 feet next year and to win the Junior European championships for jump and to podium for trick and overall. Despite a setback in the form of an injury, Lucy is hopeful that some hard core winter training and physio should put her back on track for next season!
Hockey and Cricket
Andrew has been an athlete from a very young age and his passion for ball sports has led him to becoming a talented cricketer and hockey player. Since first picking up a bat aged 6, he has gone on to play cricket twice at Lords, representing the MCC Schoolboys against England U17 in 2013 and MCC North in the T20 finals in 2017. Throughout the summer he plays cricket at local club Toft CC, and whilst the season was shortened in 2020, in 2019, he helped Toft to reach the National T20 finals. He was also selected to play for the Cheshire County 1stXI T20 and 3 day sides.
As a hockey player, Andrew captained the North of England side at the Futures Cup at U16 and U18, and after the latter he was selected to play for England U18 against Belgium. He has since gone on to play state league hockey in Australia, captained his University side, Sheffield Hallam, through a successful season and he now plays for Brooklands HC in the National Premier League.
When he’s not playing, Andrew can be found coaching the next generation of athletes at Wilmslow HC or teaching sport at Manchester Grammar School.
As a youngster, Bel loved playing every sport – if you can name it, she’s probably tried it! She started out on a track into professional tennis but after starting Saturday morning golf sessions with Mark Pilling at Prestbury when she was nine, the dream changed and Bel’s dream was to be a professional golfer.
In 2019, Bel had nearly ten top 10s and moved into the top 40 in the world amateur golf rankings. She won the Cheshire Championship, taking her to the Champion of Champions, which she also won. During the year her aim was to get selected to play for GB&I in the Vagliano Trophy. She achieved this with the help of coach Richard Green, personal trainer Drew Roberts (Neon PT) and the support of Physiofit.
2020, like many athletes was challenging for Bel with the restrictions on playing, training and travelling, but this hasn’t stopped her and whilst there have been limited competitive opportunities, Bel has been training hard in the gym to get stronger for the 2021 season.
Track and Field
Seren joined the Physiofit athlete programme in 2018 and has developed into an impressive young athlete in this time! Another incredibly dedicated role model athlete, Seren doesn’t make her life easy and competes in multiple track and field events!
Whilst the competition season has been a lot shorter than normal in 2020, Seren is one of the few summer athletes who has managed to get out and compete and even racked up a 14th in the UK pentathlon rankings in her first season in the U15 division!
Unsure if there will be an indoor season this winter, Seren has returned to school and club sport to complement her athletics and keep training varied. Her particular favourites are netball and swimming but we all know her heart lies at the athletics track!
Highlights from her 2019 season include winning the 200m at the ISA National Finals, a bronze in high jump and a silver in the sprint hurdles at the Welsh National Championships and a bronze in the 200m at the Northern Athletics Championships!
Ollie has had a passion for sport since a young age and participated in all school sport on offer to him. Representing his school at cross country, athletics, swimming, cricket and rugby.
His main sports are rugby followed by cricket and over the more recent years he has worked hard with support from Physiofit, athlete1st, school (King’s School Macclesfield) and clubs (Macclesfield RUFC and Macclesfield CC ) to develop his skills and game play.
To date Ollie has been selected for Sale Sharks DPP and has aspirations to earn a place on the SDP pathway. He was also selected for the UR7s Academy.
Despite a rather restricted season this year as well as sustaining several injuries, Ollie continues to follow his passion, develop his physical and mental strength and cannot wait for rugby to restart.
Sophie is an allrounder athlete and extremely dedicated to sport. Her main sport is hockey, and she is a member of the AEHC Ladies National League 1st Team squad at only 15 years old, getting her debut in October 2020. Sophie has improved massively over the last year, both physically and technically; she is a natural playmaker, with great vision, speed and agility. She has played County hockey, progressed to Manchester PC (U15) and has recently progressed to U17 level at only 15 years old. Sophie is an instrumental school hockey captain for the U15s and regularly plays up for the older age group. She represented AEHC at U12 National Finals where she scored the winning penalty flick to secure qualification for her team.
Sophie is also an elite trampolinist, consistently representing The King’s Schools’ Elite Trampolining Team in North West, Zonal and National finals every year since she was in Year 4. Sophie was North West Champion when she was in Year 8 and finished 4th in the National individual competition. In 2019, Sophie competed in America, representing Kings in the Worlds Schools cheerleading finals where her tumbling and flying were a key asset to the team.
In athletics, Sophie competes for Macclesfield Harriers and represented Cheshire U13 in high jump with a PB of 1.48m – almost her own height! She is an excellent hurdler, making County Finals a year young and winning numerous inter-school’s competitions.
Evie Walker’s underwater passion started pretty early as an Aquababy, and by the age of 7, she had started synchronised swimming!
Since then she’s won 3 national titles and represented GB in Slovakia at the World Youth Championships last year – all of which Evie says “have been amazing experiences.” In May 2019 her 3rd place finish at the invitational Beacon Games secured her place as the youngest member of the GB squad selected for the FINA Youth World Championships; the toughest international competition in the synchronised swimming calendar for the 13 – 15 age group, with 36 competing nations.
For Evie, lockdown meant the cancellation of all competitions and pool closures. She took this opportunity though to get stronger and more flexible with virtual S&C, flex, dance, plus running, open water swims and lots of fitness and fun challenges to help keep positive.
Squash and Cricket
Bea first started playing squash when she was 8 years old and joined Bollington squash academy to take her passion for the sport further. Soon after, Bea entered her first tournament at the age of 10 and came runners up in the Cheshire junior open. After time spent training Bea now is a 4 time Cheshire champion for multiple age groups including U11’s and U13’s. Last season Bea was given the opportunity to not only play in division 2 for Bollington Ladies but to represent The North West of England at the team champs. Bea played well winning all her matches leading her team to win one of the top events in England. Bea continues to train 5 times a week with Bollington junior squash academy and Cheshire squash.
Bea also plays cricket during the summer months. Just after turning 9, Bea played for her local club- Bollington- whilst being the only girl at the time. At the age of 11, having gained some experience Bea was given the opportunity to captain Cheshire U11 girls despite it being her first year playing for them. Leading from the front Bea now represents Cheshire’s U13’s where she has been on tour to Malvern on multiple occasions developing her knowledge and ability to become a better player not only on the field but off too.
Styal golfer, Jacob started playing golf when he was 10 years old, after being inspired by watching the British Open on TV. The highlight of his junior career was playing in the Boys Amateur Championships and he went on to earn his MENA tour and Alps tour cards in 2019.
2020 was meant to be Jacob’s first year on the professional tours, but the reality turned out to be tedious months in the garden hitting golf balls into a net. He also suffered from a broken wrist and hand but his dedication to recovery with the help from Physiofit got him back to hitting golf balls in 5 weeks!! It wasn’t all doom and gloom though as in September, Jacob picked up his first professional win with a round of 64 in the Clutch Tour’s Surrey Shootout!
James is a golfer, playing out of Prestbury Golf Club. In 2018 he was the Irish Amateur Champion, and has been twice Cheshire Strokeplay Champion. As a student at the University of Central Arkansas, James took 4 wins in the NCAA division 1. He has also reached the Top 50 in the World Amateur Rankings.
James turned professional October 2019, competed on MENA tour in the Middle East from January to March 2020 and will be playing in the EuroPro tour in 2021.
Jean started playing tennis a child. Jean’s many years of being a physiotherapist have allowed her to combine her love of sport with her career. It was not until she joined Bramhall Lane Lawn tennis club in 1991 that she really started to progress. She had regular coaching and encouragement from Russell Lawrence and was selected for the team. She continued to progress and climbed up the teams (4th – 3rd – 2nd – 1st). She now plays in the first division.
To back up her fitness for team tennis at BLLTC she is a member at David Lloyd Cheadle so she can play winter tennis in the warm, train in the gym and swim.
She is the Bramhall Lane Cheshire Shield Veteran’s captain and her team has won the shield several times under her leadership.
In 2017 Jean was invited to join the Over 50’s Cheshire County tennis squad. January 2018 bought another opportunity to attend trials for the team and Jean is hopeful that her performance last year along with her constant dedication to improving her fitness and skills will mean her place is secure.