Trulittle Sports Hero (7-11)
Racai is a young boxer from Dwaynamics ABC. Racai has been with us for a about a year now. Having a father who is an ex boxer, Racai had some knowledge of boxing when he joined us. Quite shy but receptive to guidance Racai soon showed his great keenness to further develop his knowledge and techniques in boxing. He initially attended one of our Children’s Boxing Awards Programmes and quite quickly progressed to our junior amateur sessions, after we identified his aptitude to boxing. Racai attends our amateur sessions, two evenings a week and also continues to attend the children’s classes. By attending the amateur sessions, he is able to develop further his techniques and knowledge of boxing. Racai, now undertakes sparring sessions. Racai is showing prospects of becoming a good boxer in the future. Currently, he is training to represent Dwaynamics ABC as a skills about junior boxer. Racai is still quite shy but continues to respond well to the instructions and advice given during the sessions by the coaches. He is a great listener and immediately takes the guidance onboard, when given. Racai continues to develop and he is an asset to have around the gym, for both his fellow junior boxers and the coaches.
Ezechi is currently registered as carer with Enfield young carers he has a huge responsibility at home with helping to care for younger his brother.
Ezechi is 10 and he currently helps care for his brother Kelechi who is 8 years of age. He is under care at Great Ormond Street Hospital as his seizures cannot be stabilised.
His days are always unpredictable, he has to think on his feet and help very quickly call ambulance pack bag call for help in an event of his brother having seizures.
When his brothers had seizures, he can be very disorientated or violent which both Ezechi has to manage and deal with.
The last incident Ezechi on his way to athletics training and his brother had a seizure in the car. He then had a seizure at the front entrance of the athletics centre. Ezechi got the right help and threw himself in to training to complete his session as he is very passionate about being an Olympic gold medallist in future.
Ezechi was picked for his school to run in August, unfortunately he missed his training to prepare for the competition as we had to move property due to s very serious domestic Violent incident in which the police deemed the property as unsafe.
As resilient as Ezechi was missing a week of school and additional training he still competed at lee valley stadium for his school an won a gold medal.
Ezechi is out going no matter what circumstances are he pushes himself to his potential.
He doesn’t have the normal life of your ordinary 10 year old there’s no holiday there’s play dates his consistently in and out of hospital at his brothers side.
He only puts time aside for training and when he first wore his kit the first thing he said whilst looking in the mirror and wearing it is that I finally feel a part of something I can be proud of. I’m excited about his journey with Be Fit Today Track Academy
And I feel Ezechi should be awarded for how resilient caring courageous positive character he is he always puts everyone before he never complains no matter how long the hours are in hospital or days with his brother. He always helps. With all this, he still has the dream of being an Olympian one day!
Louis engaged in several sport as an individual and in a team as you can see below:
- Surrey County Cricket Club - Louis is on the official Surrey Cricket Club team for U10s, retaining his U9s place as a leg spin bowler.
- Swimming - Louis swims for Wandsworth Swimming Club, training with the development squad 3 times a week
- Biathlons - Louis competes regularly in biathlons, qualifying for the national schools championship in Leeds, November 2018
- Tae Kwondo - trained with Grand Master Nardizzi since the age of 4, now half black belt. Youngest in his centre to achieve this high grading, waiting for his 12th birthday so he can take the final exam for a fully fledged black belt.
- He has represented his school in tennis, swimming, football, athletics, cross country and captain of the school cricket team. He is also in the school orchestra playing the violin and represented his school in the spelling bee for 3 years.
- Family - Louis' older sister has severe epilepsy and autism. He has been incredibly supportive, helpful and caring towards her through some very difficult times. Countless times she has been rushed to hospital and he has taken on the role of keeping us all positive and focused, as well as helping Agnes engage in sports like running and put together an occupational therapy programme for her.
- Writing - runner up in the Explore Learning story competition 2019 for story written to raise awareness of the near extinction of the black rhino
Trulittle Sports Hero (12-17)
While Alexandra was in Reception class at St Boniface RC Primary School in 2010, some tennis coaches from Wimbledon Junior Tennis Initiative carried out a workshop following in which Alexandra was scouted and invited to attend their coaching on a Saturday and Sunday.
She attended these coaching sessions for the next 2 years with a lot of courage, enthusiasm, passion, motivation and dedication, and had the opportunity to enter and compete in local and regional tennis competitions. In 2012 she was invited to join the Wimbledon Junior Tennis Initiative (WJTI) squad, an elite group of their best young players. Not only was she acknowledged by her performance but also for her respectful attitude, strength, commitment, dedication and motivation.
In October 2013 she was offered a scholarship at Tennis Avenue, an international tennis academy in Worcester Park that provides a full-time tennis and education programme.
In April 2014 during the summer season, she entered five Grade 4 (county) competitions winning all of the championships. Moving forward, she also won two out of the five grade 3 (regional) tournaments. In the winter season, she continues to compete for four high profile tournament Grade 3 competitions, winning two and took a runner-up in the other. She also gained experience in Grade 2 (National Competitions) competitions.
In the summer season April-August 2015, Alexandra continues to strive in training and she won THREE National Grade 2 titles, Grade 1 Summer Nationals runner-up and I finished No. 1 in the 10 & under National Leader Board.
In July she reached the final in the OUATT tennis tournament in France, which is one of the biggest tournaments in the world for 9 to 16-year-olds.
Consequently, she had been invited to attend a National Player Camp at the National Tennis Centre run by the LTA Talent Team.
Alexandra has been part of the LTA National Training Squad since November 2015. In July/August 2016 she represented Great Britain in the U12 Girls Summer Cup in which 32 European countries entered. Great Britain finished 5th in the event. She also played for GB U12 girls in a number of friendlies against other European teams. To maintain this level of achievement requires motivation and hard work on Alexandra part. However to maintain this level also requires a high level of financial support too. But Alexandra’s parents did not give up nurturing her and her future and keeping her engaged and away from local radicals.
Alexandra was shortlisted as a junior sportsperson of the year by Wandsworth Council in 2016.
She was also a respectful leader at School with excellent leadership skills to this, she was awarded the best student of the year award.
Alexandra does not believe in any short cuts, she believes in hard work. She has worked hard at school both in the class academic and around sports. She also enjoys helping her peers and the younger one to develop.
While Alexandra was training for tournament she was still studying hard at her schoolwork.
In 2017 apart from dedicating her time training and competing in various tournaments she was also preparing and studying early for 2 GCSE. At the age of 13, she requested if she could do some of her GCSE earlier. Because her teachers believe that she could do it, they supported her through the studies. In 2018 she completed her studies and sat for the two GCSE Examinations. To this, she achieved Two GCSEs attaining 2 A*’s in Computer Science and Spanish.
Also, in 2017 while she was studying for her two GCSE, she also toured the European Tennis tournaments winning the Champion Bowl Tournament in Croatia against other players of 2004 from all around the world. In the same year, Alexandra decided to tour the USA and competed in two Casey tournaments, winning one and coming runner up in the other, orange bowl and Little Mo. She claimed victory winning The Little Mo (Florida, USA) - 2004 Age Category December 2017
Alexandra is currently the U16s Surrey County Champion 2018 and was a Runner-up in the Open Mixed Double Surrey County Championships. She also competed in the regional Road To Wimbledon 14&U event in 2018 and lost her final match. However, she was awarded a Lucky Loser and qualified to play the international event held a the All England Tennis Club. This was at the same time as preparing to complete all her GCSEs two years early.
In 2019, Alexandra sat seven more GCSEs two years early and acquired grades from A-A*s. This was at the same time as she played for her club in the Aegon and helped lead her team to national victory for the third year in a row. Alexandra again competed in the regional Road To Wimbledon event in which she qualified by winning three matches. She then went through to play at the All England Club against international players and had a great experience.
In 2018, Alexandra represented England in the U14 Girls Home Nations event in Belfast against teams from Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Alexandra helped England place second overall (including all the other age groups)
They lost to wales by one point.
Alexandra has always been an excellent team player and a leading member of her school, Tennis Avenue Academy, which won the AEGON Team Tennis Final 12&U Team Tennis Championship in July 2017, the 14&U team in 2018 and the 14&U team again in 2019. This was a fantastic achievement given that the team were up against the best tennis performance centres in the country, including West Hants, Nottingham, Bath, Gosling and Dukes Meadows.
As she excels in all aspect including sport, social life and academic, another great achievement for Alexandra was being a dedicated member of the u14 girls Surrey County Team that got to the national finals in May 2018, where Surrey County was placed second.
Supporting statement for Alexandra McDonald
We have nominated Miss Alexandra McDonald age 14 because she is passionate and dedicated to the world of sport. Alexandra McDonald acts as a senior member to other younger ones in her training group by supporting, motivating and encouraging them to be good and respective sportspeople and citizens. In this role, Alexandra does mentor work with other young people interested in sports. Alexandra helps the younger and older peers with school homework support and motivates current and upcoming athletes particularly in her school area.
Alexandra has visited our sports club in Wandsworth giving advise on how to improve performance and speaking to the children and club committee about the importance of being a team, eating and sleeping well and good sportsmanship.
We believe that she is a role model for good in all general and in sportsmanship. Alexandra was also shortlisted for the 2016/17 Wandsworth junior Sports-person amongst several talented sporting people. She is able to excel in her tennis game as well as making time for social activities. As a young and elite tennis player, which is a time consuming and taxing sport by itself, Alexandra understands the sacrifices that have to be made and challenges that it can create, especially when it comes to balancing her sport, school-work and social activity. For this reason, we believe that this award will continue to empower and motivate her to continue to enjoy sport, be a role model, be supportive to her peers, and motivate the current and upcoming athletes. Engaging in sports and in the life skills that come with the experience, Alexandra is less likely to engage in or with negative influences and people.
When not studying Alexandra enjoys shopping with friends, going to the theatre with her sisters and chilling with her family. Lexie is now old enough and at the level to enter ITF Tournaments that will allow her to play against the best girls in the world.
Other winning amongst others:
U12 Grade 2 National Winner (Sutton) 2017
U12 Grade 2 National Semi-finalist (Nottingham) 2017
U12 Grade 2 National Semi-finalist (Scotland) 2017
U12 Grade 2 National Winner (Doubles)
U 12 Grade 1 Nike Junior National Semi-finalist August 2017
Little Mo (Florida, USA) Winner- 2004 Age Category December 2017
Bowl Winner (Croatia) - 2004 Age category
David Otsapa is a Year 7 pupil who is academically driven, passionate and committed to sports, studies in and outside of school. He was found ‘selective’ for the three 11+ Borough examinations (namely Kent, Bexley and Essex counties) doing exceptionally well in the Kent exam earning over 91%. He also did exceptionally well in his two independent school exams and was granted awards for his outstanding performances. In his SATS exams, he scored full marks in SPAG and worked at greater depth in all subjects.
He has been in the ‘Gifted and Talented’ group since Key Stage 1, and has had several merits since starting in Year 7.
He has been a member of the British Ju-Jitsu Association and Stanford Warriors Club (martial art) since 2013; and has won many gold and silver medals at the UK Junior Ju-Jitsu Championships and Stanford Warriors Competitions since 2015. He is a certified Assistant Junior Coach of the BJJAGB and helps his Senseis’ with training. A member of the Academy, currently on his eleventh belt (orange and green); his key techniques are kata, continuous fighting, random attack, sparring, sumo and ground fighting.
David is a ‘right wing’ in the U12 rugby team of his school and has been a good defence in their recent matches. He has recently taken up kick-boxing.
David was part of the athletic group that put Orsett Church of England (Orsett C of E) Primary School in second and third place at the Thurrock Borough games in 2016 and Cross Country event 2017.
He is also a passionate swimmer, was a member of the Thurrock Swimming Club (TSC), completed Academy 1 and was moved to Stage 7 in August 2019. He is currently in the RHS free swimming club; and has recently been introduced to initial scuba diving techniques. His key strokes are front crawl, backstroke, butterfly stroke and scaling.
David played Hockey (as Defenseman) in Orsett C of E Primary Quick sticks Hockey club and they moved from 4th place in 2017, to 2nd place in their division in June 2018. In Netball club (as Wing attack) they participated in High 5 Netball rally and were 2nd in their category. He also was Wicket keeper in their cricket club. Other school teams he belonged to were Running and Athletics Club (Track and Field) and his specialities were: 100m, 200m and Cross country. Other clubs included Photography, Art, Gymnastics and ICT.
He has attended several retreats over the last few years some include Letton Hall, Norfolk (July 2016), PGL Windmill, East Sussex for 5 day Easter retreat (April 2017), Danbury Outdoor Centre (May 2019) especially with his church and school, where he has been exposed to and improved his skills in: Jacob’s ladder, rock climbing, bungee jumping, tunnelling, zip wire, obstacle course, bouldering, abseiling, parachute, archery, climbing, rafting, commando camp and open canoeing. In September 2018 along with 5 other classmates, they achieved a full day of activity at Stubbers Activity Centre, Upminster. Activities included: archery, climbing, commando camp, open canoeing, tightrope balancing, etc.
David along with 3 of his classmates formed a boy band MDDM in February 2019 and they were the winners of ‘Orsett’s Got Talent 2019’and have since performed at two other events and received standing ovation. He was ‘Jacob’ in their Year 6’s amazing musical production of ‘Joseph and his technicolour coat’ in July 2019; he sang beautifully. He is currently a member of the RHS Chapel choir. He plays the piano and the electric guitar and enjoys music, he is a student of the RHS Music school, and was a member of Thurrock Music Services and Rocksteady Music school.
David has served and continues to serve in school. He was a librarian, one of the two Thurrock Junior Road Safety Officers representing his school in Borough in 2018, a Play leader to oversee a group of students at lunchtime in school in 2017.
David is an avid reader and has gained certificates in reading challenges such as Summer Reading Challenge in the past nine years. His flair for Arts and Design makes him enjoy drawing, illustrating, design technology and coding. In Year 4, his canvas painting ‘the sunbeam leopard’ had pride of place in the school’s Art Exhibition, and raised money for Cancer Research UK. He has also done Readathon to raise money for children’s books in developing countries, and contributed to writing ‘Orsett tales’ which was sent to East Africa as a resource for primary students.
In 2015, his poem ‘On Holiday’ received the Gold award and was published in the ‘Out of this world’ by the Young Writers, Essex and Kent. He continues to write articles periodically for his churches’ magazine ‘The Herald.’
He was the winner of the school prayer competition 2018/19 and this is still being used at all the school assemblies.
Khelya has been coached and a dedicated member at the Begin2Sports Group Academy, a member of Herne Hill Harriers athletics club, which is affiliated with United Kingdom Athletics (UKA).
Even though she is 12 years old, she has had to run with the under 13, under the UKA running rules. To this end she has competed with great maturity and behaved professionally.
Khelya had competed at the SEAA championship both indoors and outdoors in Under 13 & up until the end of her season on 17th August 2019. She clocked a 3.72 meters in the Long Jump, being that she has only been training for this long jump event, for only 3 months.
She has been competing in major season championship regularly and has shown a lot of dedication, enthusiasm, and courage and maintained a high mental strength in this competition. Khelya has also proved during this season that apart from being oldest in her age group her maturity in listening and performing is appropriately recognized.
Khelya has trained well and she has shown this through her events of the 100m and 200m, which is her main discipline. She had achieved a time of 14.02 in 100 meters and again competing with some higher-level age group, who has been training for many years. She had attained 28.35 in 200 meters respectively. Although Khelya had not medaled in her discipline individually, she acknowledges that there is room for improvement and as set her goal to enjoy and win more championships next season.
Apart from competing in an individually in the local, national or regional competitions
she has also competed in a Team Relay as being a member of the Hernhill Harriers athletic club which is affiliated to the UKA. At the event they ranked 3 rd and ended with the Bronze medal.
During her primary school years, Khelya had regularly competed in school events and continues to do so through secondary, where she was recognised for her ability in athletics and her sportsmanship.
Khelya has been attending our athletics club in Battersea giving advise on how to improve performance and speaking to the children and club committee about the importance of being in a team, eating healthy and sleeping well and a good sportsmanship. She has been merge as a peer mentor within our GymLetics and athletics group.
For the great effort Miss Khelya Ekwe had demonstrated during this past sport season We have nominated her because she is passionate and dedicated to the world of sport. She also acts as a senior member to other younger athletes in her training group by supporting, motivating and encouraging them to be a good and respective citizen. We believe that this award will empower and motivate her to continue to enjoy sport, be a role model, supportive, and motivate the current and the up coming athletes especially in Wandsworth. Khelya is a very considerate girl and passionate about what she is doing.
Miss Khelya Ekwe is a very dedicated and committed young person who has a good attitude and temperament. She is polite, enthusiastic, keen to learn and ambitious and responds well to fellow athletes and team managers and coaches. She is a very talented young person who looks set for a bright future.
Khelya is passionate and dedicated to the world of sport. She is the young-peer- mentor for Begin2sports Group Academy in Wandsworth. She also listens well and acts as a senior member to other younger athletes in her training group by supporting, motivating and encouraging them to be a good and respective sports people and citizens. she is a young and committed athlete with an excellent temperament and behaviour, she is enthusiastic and polite on approach. Khelya has an open minded attitude and she is always ready to lea