Gold: Leroy and Confidence

Gold medal success for Track Academy’s Leroy Cain and Confidence Lawson

Track Academy by Connie Henry in Willesden is celebrating after a current student athlete and one of its alumni were crowned South England champions last weekend.

Leroy Cain and Confidence Lawson won the 200m and 100m respectively at the South of England Athletic Association Under 20 and Senior Championships at Crystal Palace. The geographical area covered by the association extends from Cornwall to Norfolk, with almost 70,000 active athletes representing around 570 clubs.

Leroy stormed home in the Senior Men 200m with a time of 21.63 seconds, while he also took silver in the Senior Men 100m, crossing the finish line in 10.66 seconds.

The 22-year-old said: "I've been with Track Academy for about four years now, and I can honestly say that I can't remember one time where they didn't support me in what I do. This year has been a challenging year for me, suffering from injuries and race execution. However Track Academy has always reassured me that I am talented and I have a big future ahead of me. That’s what helped me to win a gold and silver last weekend."

Confidence Lawson pipped Leroy to the post in the 100m, taking the title in 10.58 seconds. The 26-year-old Track Academy alumnus said: “After coming second last year at this meet, coming back to win the 100m was a huge mental boost for upcoming competitions. I've learnt from these championships and now I just need to execute my races for the rest of the season."

Track Academy founder Connie Henry said: “We couldn’t be more proud of Leroy and Confidence for their achievements this weekend. We can’t wait to see what they do next.”

Track Academy is a registered charity which uses sport for social change among young people from disadvantaged backgrounds. Based at the Willesden Sports Centre in Donnington Road, academy members are given inspiration to succeed both on and off the track.

Alongside athletics coaching, they attend education sessions to help them gain qualifications, encouraging them to carve out fulfilling lives away from negative influences.

To find out more about Track Academy by Connie Henry, visit www.trackacademy.co.uk or call 07956 715052.

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