Kent sporting stars hoping to be collaborating in Birmingham this summer season


The countdown is on for this summer season’s Commonwealth Video games which occur in Birmingham from July 28 to August 8.

Sportsmen and girls from throughout Kent will hope to be match, properly and chosen to signify their nation – with medals on their minds.

This is a rundown of a few of Kent’s well-known faces hoping to make a giant impression this summer season.

Adam Gemili won silver in the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. Picture: Clive Rose/Getty Images
Adam Gemili received silver within the 2014 Commonwealth Video games in Glasgow. Image: Clive Rose/Getty Photographs

Athletics: Adam Gemili (ENG)

Dartford sprinter Adam Gemili goes to Birmingham with unfinished enterprise.

After 100m silver in his first Commonwealth Video games at Glasgow 2014 – and workforce gold on the 2017 World Championships for TeamGB – Blackheath & Bromley AC member Gemili set his sights on particular person glory 4 years later in Australia. Nevertheless, an adductor damage dominated him out of the 100m last and since then he has struggled to fulfil his potential after bursting on to the scene on the London Olympics in 2012.

His damage curse struck once more at Tokyo 2020 final summer season when he pulled out of the 200m heats with a hamstring damage so he might be extra motivated than ever – and a house crowd behind him may assist make the distinction.

Dina Asher-Smith, third right, helped Great Britain to bronze in the 4x100m relay final at Tokyo 2020. Picture: PA Wire/PA Images
Dina Asher-Smith, third proper, helped Nice Britain to bronze within the 4x100m relay last at Tokyo 2020. Image: PA Wire/PA Photographs

Athletics: Dina Asher-Smith (ENG)

Birmingham might be Dina Asher-Smith’s second Commonwealth Video games after workforce gold within the 4x100m relay and particular person bronze within the 200m in Australia in 2018. Since then, the Blackheath & Bromley AC runner has gone from energy to energy with 200m world championship gold and is the fastest-ever British girl within the 100m and 200m.

Like Gemili, she hasn’t had the most effective of luck with accidents, pulling out of the Tokyo Olympics 200m and failing to succeed in the 100m last on the again of a hamstring pressure. Nevertheless, this summer season offers her the prospect of a golden treble, with the Worlds in Oregon and the Europeans in Munich both facet of the Commonwealth Video games.

Tom Bosworth celebrates winning the 5km walk at the British Athletics Indoor Championships in 2020. Picture: Reuters/Russell Cheyne
Tom Bosworth celebrates profitable the 5km stroll on the British Athletics Indoor Championships in 2020. Image: Reuters/Russell Cheyne

Athletics: Tom Bosworth (ENG)

If Australia 2018 was Tom Bosworth’s silver lining, the Tonbridge AC race walker might be hoping Birmingham 2022 might be his golden second. Bosworth was better of the remaining within the 20k stroll on the Gold Coast 4 years in the past – his second Commonwealth Video games after Delhi 2010 – however this 12 months the race stroll distance is 10,000m.

Like Asher-Smith, five-times British file holder Bosworth has his sights set on a medal treble on the Worlds, Commonwealths and Europeans, and the shorter distance at Birmingham needs to be in his favour.

Sian Honnor - hoping for bowls glory in this summer's Commonwealth Games. Picture: Bowls England
Sian Honnor – hoping for bowls glory on this summer season’s Commonwealth Video games. Image: Bowls England

Bowls: Sian Honnor (ENG)

Commonwealth Video games medals have change into a behavior for Whitstable’s Sian Honnor, and he or she might be hoping to maintain the custom going at Birmingham 2022. The Video games might be her fourth, and after a bronze-winning debut within the girls’s triples in Delhi in 2010, Honnor took gold as Crew England beat Australia to triples glory in Glasgow 4 years later.

She received her second bronze on the Gold Coast in 2018, with Australia profiting from dwelling benefit, however might be hoping the luxurious greens of Leamington Spa do the identical for the host nation this summer season.

Bowls: Michelle White (ENG)

Choice for the Commonwealth Video games caps a memorable 12 months for VCD Bowls Membership’s Michelle White. White companions Surrey’s Gill Platt within the girls’s para pairs and has already received her Incapacity Bowls England cap after taking part in within the 4 nations final summer season.

With a number of Check matches on her CV already, she received’t be fazed at Birmingham 2022 and as an alternative is prone to be in a rush for glory after Covid compelled the postponement of her Para Worldwide Dwelling Nations Championship debut.

Gymnast James Hall with his medals from the Commonweath Games in Australia four years ago. Picture: Sean Aidan
Gymnast James Corridor along with his medals from the Commonweath Video games in Australia 4 years in the past. Image: Sean Aidan

Gymnastics: James Corridor (ENG)

Maidstone gymnast James Corridor has been there and received the T-shirt so far as the Commonwealth Video games are involved. The 2018 debutant helped England to their first gold medal Down Beneath 4 years in the past within the workforce occasion and added two particular person silvers within the all-round last and horizontal bar.

Now an Olympian, Corridor was a part of the TeamGB squad which completed fourth within the workforce standings on the Tokyo Olympics and was eighth within the all-round last, so there’s no missing expertise for the large events. He received all-round glory on the British Championships in 2019 and would love extra dwelling success in Birmingham this summer season.

Georgia-Mae Fenton on her way to gold at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia. Picture: Danny Lawson/PA Wire
Georgia-Mae Fenton on her strategy to gold on the 2018 Commonwealth Video games in Australia. Image: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

Gymnastics: Georgia-Mae Fenton (ENG)

Gravesend’s Georgia-Mae Fenton already has two Commonwealth Video games medals saved safely at dwelling, and aged solely 20 there’s each expectation that she’s going to add extra to the cupboard, beginning in Birmingham this summer season. Fenton returned from Australia’s Gold Coast in 2018 with a silver from the workforce occasion and a gold from the bars, and completed contained in the world’s top-20 within the girls’s all-around last on the 2021 Inventive World Championships.

She can be among the many uncommon breed of sports activities stars in having a transfer named after her – on the uneven bars together with Belgium’s Nina Derwael – the Derwael-Fenton.

Giarnni Regini-Moran is aiming for his first Commonwealth Games appearance. Picture: Lumix UK/Team GB/Sam Mellish
Giarnni Regini-Moran is aiming for his first Commonwealth Video games look. Image: Lumix UK/Crew GB/Sam Mellish

Gymnastics: Giarnni Regini-Moran (ENG)

Giarnni Regini-Moran has but to expertise a Commonwealth Video games but when picked for Crew England this summer season the Gravesend gymnast has received nearly as good an opportunity as anybody of constructing the rostrum.

Contemporary from the Tokyo Olympics final 12 months, the place, alongside James Corridor he completed fourth within the males’s workforce last, Regini-Moran recorded TeamGB’s highest rating on any equipment within the last with 15.166 on the parallel bars. A a number of gold medallist as a junior, Birmingham could possibly be the stage for Regini-Moran to return to championship-winning kind.

Canterbury's Grace Balsdon. Picture: FFU Press Agency/Frank Uijlenbroek
Canterbury’s Grace Balsdon. Image: FFU Press Company/Frank Uijlenbroek

Hockey: Grace Balsdon (ENG)

Any nation with designs on gold on this 12 months’s hockey event on the Video games goes to should get previous Canterbury Hockey Membership’s Grace Balsdon first. The defender was a part of the squad that took dwelling bronze in 2018, and with a partisan crowd behind her this time she’ll be hoping to succeed in the highest step of the podium.

A part of TeamGB’s bronze-medal profitable squad on the 2020 Olympics, Balsdon is an attacking risk, too. An skilled at penalty corners, she scored the winner within the 4-3 third-fourth place play-off victory over India.

Ross Wilson - no stranger to the international stage. Picture: Vid Ponikvar/Sportida
Ross Wilson – no stranger to the worldwide stage. Image: Vid Ponikvar/Sportida

Desk Tennis: Ross Wilson (ENG)

With medals at each Paralympics he has taken half in, Isle of Sheppey’s Ross Wilson has loved a glittering profession. Nevertheless, alongside along with his class eight title from the 2018 World Championships in Slovenia, the medal that glitters probably the most is arguably his gold from the 2018 Commonwealth Video games.

The TT6-10 singles champion from 4 years in the past helped ParalympicsGB to class 8 workforce bronze in his final main championships in Tokyo final summer season and, having celebrated his twenty seventh birthday in June, he’ll be on the peak of his powers – preferrred timing for a house Video games.



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