Young Achievers

This category celebrates Bristol’s up and coming outstanding achievers aged 18 and under. Nominations from schools are welcome.

Alex Gosmore


Alex started to dance in RISE at 13. With no experience, only hard work and passion, he has now at 18 become a leading young male dancer in the city. He is versatile, passionate, committed, hard working and an incredible performer. He has performed at many Bristol events and most audiences will comment on him as a performer. He makes everyone feel good and now at 18 inspires the young dancers to achieve. He co -choreographed a dance piece that represented the South West at a regional event. He has performed around the U.K. Dancers deserve to be recognised as athletes, the time it takes to train and the fitness of the body is the same as any other sport and Alex proves that when he dances.

Hugh Sadler

GB athlete

Lives and educated in Bristol and has run to a National level for a considerable number of years, gaining his first Team GB vest in the January 2018 U20  USA vs Europe vs UK cross-country championship in Edinburgh. Hugh is a member of Bristol & West Athletics Club.

Jessica Lewis

Athlete (Javelin), National Standard

Jess took up athletics at Bristol & West Athletics Club in 2015 and the Javelin chose her in 2016.  Jess was diagnosed type 1 diabetic in 2012, making her Insulin dependant, without it she wouldn’t survive.  It has given her amazing strength to do anything; it won’t get in her way of wanting to be the best.  She trains no matter how rough she feels, demonstrating true resilience & determination to succeed.

Her progress in 2 short years is amazing; she has gone from the bottom, to throwing over 36metres achieving so much along the way, qualifying her for the English Schools and reaching National Standard, both very hard to achieve, ranking her currently 5th in the Uk for under 15s.  This is a massive achievement when she is still mastering the very technical Javelin.  She is yet to reach her potential.  Her goal this year is to medal at the English Schools. She is an inspiration, very humble, her message to others is you can do anything having a disability doesn’t stop you, it makes you stronger.

Isabelle Thorpe

Junior and Senior Great Britain Representative for Synchronised Swimming

I have been competing for City of Bristol in synchronised swimming since 2009, I have achieved a good record at national level, winning Team gold for five consecutive years between 2011 and 2015 and Duet gold for six straight Championships between 2012 and until current day.  Over the years I have also won the Solo and figures titles and the Points Shacklock Trophy for two consecutive years 2013/14.

In 2014, as soon as I was old enough I was selected to represent England at the age of 13, where I was the top British athlete in a strong field of World contending competitors, in 2015 at the same competition improvements were gained and we finished eighth in the duet event, then improving to fifth in 2016.

In 2016 I was selected as a Junior and Senior GB athlete, at the age of 15, gaining my first taste of high level international competition competing against Olympic Champions!  In 2016, at the European Junior Championships I finished 10th in the Duet event.  My debut as a Senior athlete was competing at the French Open and Senior European Championships in 2016, whilst making steady progress in 2017 I achieved my best result so far finishing 16th at the World Championships in the duet event, we were the youngest in the field.

I hope to continue my success in the sport and am working hard to be selected to compete at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

Maria Budin

GB representative at u10, u14 and u18. Junior Wimbledon competitor

Maria started playing tennis aged 4 at Downend & Frenchay Tennis Club. Being very focused and determined, especially with an older brother she soon started to win events eventually representing GB at under 10/12.

She reached her highest Tennis Europe ranking of 27 u14 and reached the last 16 in le Petite As (unofficial world u14 champs). Maria has since played across the world at ITF u18 events and played at Junior Wimbledon last year whilst doing her GCSEs at Colston’s school.

Maria is also a real team player who represents both her County and school when her timetable allows. Her focus for the next year is to apply for a tennis scholarship in the USA.

Mattie Reynolds

Won 24 medals at World Dwarf Games in Swimming, Badminton, Table Tennis, Track and Field and Floor Hockey

Mattie is only 16 years old and is already a World champion in a range of sports. He has already achieved a total of 24 medals over two World Dwarf Games. The first in Michigan USA, in 2013 where he achieved 12 medals and the second in Guelph Canada, in 2017 where he achieved another 12 medals (6 Golds, 5 Silvers and 1 bronze) in various sports including Swimming, Badminton, Table Tennis, Javelin, Track and Field and Floor Hockey.

A proud Bristolian whose journey started when he started sailing on Bristol docks and was spotted and invited to join the 2.4 Paralympics squad.

He is now an ambassador for the Bristol Sport Foundation and is travelling to different groups to share his story and hopefully inspire young people to take up more sports and help them realise their potential, whilst also breaking down any the stigma that people with physical disabilities stop people from enjoying sport.

Molly James

Basketball, England U15 &U16 teams, Great Britain U16 squad, Bristol Flyers National League Division 1 Women’s team

Molly is 15 Years old and has played Basketball for 3 years. In this time Molly has represented the South West Region at U13/15/17 age groups Captaining the U15 age group last year and also being part of the South West Teams Highest ever finish of 2nd in the U17 Regional Development Tournament in which she also won the National 3 Point shooting competition.

In 2017 Molly was selected into the England U15 Team who then went on to compete in Copenhagen against other National U15 teams from across Europe. In Feb 2017 Molly became the youngest player ever to represent the Bristol Flyers National League Division I Women’s team, scoring on her debut for the team. During this current season Molly has played a significant role with the Flyers women’s team despite only being 15 years old and remains the youngest player in Division I Women’s Basketball. Molly was also selected to join the England U16 team and more recently to be part of the Great Britain U16 squad preparing for their European Championships in Montenegro in August. Molly would become the South West’s most successful ever Junior female if selected in to the GB team and would be the first ever Bristol Born Player to represent Great Britain in Basketball.

Rares-Gabriel Zarif

Karate GB representative

Rares (Gaby) has been training at the Kyoto Shotokan Karate club based in Shirehampton, Bristol since October 2016, travelling each week from his home in Stroud.

Having moved from his native Romania, facing the upheaval of leaving friends behind and starting a new school in a different country and language, Gaby has used his Karate to cross cultural boundaries.

He started Karate in 2009 (age 8) in Romania, and after 6 months entered his first competition and won 1st place in boys Kata (forms). He says “I was very proud and knew I will not stop competing and training in Karate because it was my passion and I was willing to keep winning”. Continuing in competition he regularly achieved 1st, 2nd, 3rd place in Kumite (fighting) and 1st, 2nd in Kata – both individual and team events. By brown belt he was part of the Romania National team and “started to dream big”.

Now training in Bristol, he has represented our club at National championships and won 2nd place in the Men’s (16-39 years) Individual Kata (at age 16, beating many experienced international competitors) in 2017, 1st place in Kata at Interclub competition and has just represented the Southern region in the Shiro Asano team championships in Nottingham.

This year Gaby was selected into the SKI-GB National Squad to represent GB in International competitions.

Simran Kaur

Silver & Bronze Medallist representing Great Britain for 100 metres and 200 metres Sprinting at the Junior IPC World Championships (World Para Athletics Championships)

Simran’s involvement in athletics began when her PE teacher selected her to represent her school at an Athletics competition where she won the 100bmetres race.  At this competition she was spotted by a coach from Bristol and West AC who invited her to come and join the club.  Within a year Simran went from schoolgirl runner to International Athlete gaining a Silver and Bronze at 100m and 200m respectively at the Junior IPC Athletics World Championships in Nottwil, Switzerland in August 2017.

Simran has quickly become an inspirational part of the training group at Bristol and West Athletics Club and her ability to keep a positive mind-set in spite of an injury earlier in the year inspires others within the group.

Simran is currently ranked 2nd in the UK and 15th worldwide in all age groups for the 100m and 200m in her category, T46.  For her first year in the world of athletics Simran has done exceptionally well.

Simran’s aspirations for the future are to have a good season in 2018/19 and gain a place in the British Athletics World Class Performance programme leading to selection for the World Championships and the 2020 Paralympics in Tokyo.

Simran’s message to others would be anything is possible if you put your mind to it and work hard, no matter who you are.