Olympic obsessive Lily Abbott hopes endless hours spent analysing rowing clips on YouTube can steer her to the Games herself. The Teddington talent currently trains at Tideway Scullers School and secured a seat in the Great British boat at the prestigious Coupe de la Jeunesse in Italy before lockdown. Lily attended Kingston Grammar School and is making the most of a gap year before embarking on an American odyssey at Duke University in August this year.
Nekoda Smythe-Davis is drawing on her own experiences as an athlete to inspire the next generation of stars. Nekoda was a recipient of SportsAid funding as she was making her way in the judo world, meeting HRH The Duchess of Cambridge as a teenager during her ascent towards becoming the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games champion. World Championship medals soon followed as she returned with bronze in 2017 and silver in 2018.