Loughborough Echo

How Olympian Fearon is helping to nurture a new golden generation


OLYMPIC bronze medallist Joel Fearon will once again compete for Team GB in at the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics.

A talented sprinter – his 100m personal best of 9.96 seconds is fifth on the UK all-time list – Fearon switched his attention to bobsleigh in 2011.

He was part of the Great Britain crew that finished fifth at the world championsh­ips and second at the European championsh­ips in 2014.

His team earned bronze at the Sochi Winter Olympics and will be looking to add to that Olympic medal tally in February.

In the meantime, Loughborou­ghbased Fearon is using his time away from the slopes to help support the next generation of athletes through sprint charity Speedworks, which supports young athletes aiming to reach the Olympics and Paralympic­s.

Rugby stars Anthony Watson (England and Bath), Celia Quansah (Wasps), Reece Prescod (Team GB) and Daryll Neita (Team GB) have all benefited from the charity.

Joel is going into schools across the UK to teach children the benefits of sport and inspire them to achieve their dreams.

Speedworks is seeking help from interested partners to support its push into schools in deprived areas.

“I am doing my best to give back to the community through our work in schools,” said Fearon.

“I know myself that sometimes these kids aren’t from the richest background­s.

“I hope we can go into schools around the country and give kids a hope they can one day compete at the Olympics or achieve their dreams, whatever they are.

“All these kids need is an opportunit­y. opporto Sport can be a great way to inspire the next generation to strive to achieve.

It It’s a great to tool to deliver the right messages. s

“There’s a responsibi­lity it on us all to deliver those messages and to give kids that opportunit­y from whatever background they are from.”

Looking ahead to the games in February, Fearon said he is hoping to add to his medal tally.

He said: “We have a talented team and experience among the group.

“I will be looking to add to my bronze earned at Sochi and I believe this team can do it.

“Bobsled gave me an opportunit­y to compete at the highest level and support my track career. I’m excited for 2022.”

 ?? ?? ROLES: Joel Fearon in action for Team GB and, below, working with sports charity Speedworks
ROLES: Joel Fearon in action for Team GB and, below, working with sports charity Speedworks
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