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🥉Ben takes Bronze!

We recently shared news from Backflip Ben ahead of his trip to Tokyo. Here's the latest from Ben with the chance to see his medal-winning runs.

                                                         *** CONGRATULATIONS Ben on your amazing achievement ***

This was the 4th time I had qualified for the World Championships, unable to compete in 2018 because of injury, I had made the final on both the other 2 occasions. Taking 5th in 2016 and 8th in 2017. This is my final year as a 17-21 aged gymnast, so was the perfect way to exit as I prepare to compete as a senior gymnast in 2020. 

Having already received the news that I am part of the GB Senior Squad for the 2020 season, next up is European Trials in March ahead of a new domestic season. But now for a well-deserved rest and back to University to catch up with my studies. As a final year student, on a 4 year combined Masters in Chiropractic, 2020 will be another busy year as I balance my tumbling training with the demands of the lecture theatre and clinic. 

Thank you once again for being part of my World Age Championship Bronze Medal experience in Tokyo 2019.

This is a huge thank you for your financial support towards my competition in Japan. It has been an amazing experience, capped off with winning a World Age Group Tumbling Bronze medal on Friday morning UK time.

I competed in a strong field, of the top 30 gymnasts in the 17-21 age group, from around the world. I also had the honour of performing in the brand new Ariake Gymnastics Centre in central Tokyo, the gymnastic venue for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.

After an 11 hour flight last weekend, and a +9 hour time difference, the first challenge was to cope with a whole missed night of sleep. By Tuesday's first track session I was feeling a lot better and getting back into my tumbling stride. By Wednesday I had started to get used to the feel of the new track as I warmed up all my competition runs. 

After a day of rest on Thursday,  the competition started on Friday morning. I was drawn in the last group of 3 and had already seen some strong scores coming in. I knew that I would have to perform to my best to reach the top 8 final. I had two strong runs, combining my double somersault ‘transition’ moves in the middle of the track, with a well executed end skill and solid landing on both tumbles. Delivering a combined score of 69.700, just 0.600 off my personal best.  This was enough to top the score board in a very tight qualifying round with only 2 marks separating me from one of my fellow GB gymnasts back in 8th position. We would join a strong field of gymnasts with 2 Russians, 3 Danes and 1 Brazilian completing the line up for the world title. With the scores now back to zero, we would compete from 8th place in qualifying to 1st. I had the advantage of going last in this single run shoot out! 

Tumbling is all about combining the difficulty mark for your run with an execution mark out of 30 for the accuracy of your moves. In the final all gymnasts increased their difficulty tariff from qualifying. I competed my highest difficulty tariff of 8 as I attempted to compete against 2 leading Russians with difficulty tariffs of 9 and 10 respectively. I had already shown the best execution scores of the field in qualifying, but fighting back up to 2 marks would be a tough test. I performed a double somersault twisting transition in the middle of the run and then landed my triple twisting double somersault on the end mat, with only a small step. As I walked back down the arena floor, with my coach Mikey Barnes at my side, I wondered whether I had done enough for a world medal. With a tense wait a score of 34.800 flashed up and I slotted into the bronze medal position, 0.300 from silver and 0.600 from gold! An amazingly close final and I am so pleased to be taking a bronze medal back to GB.

Thank you so much...

A big thank you to everyone who supported The Definitive Rat Pack Christmas Show. We are thrilled with the donation of £6535. Special thanks to The Definitive Rat Pack, all the sponsors and helpers and of course the audience.

The Trustees

Here are Ben and Mia, representing The Tony Loy Trust at The Definitive Rat Pack Christmas Show - giving 'Frank' and 'Dean' a helping hand with the raffle draw.

You can read more about Ben and Mia below and on our archive page.

Backflip Ben is Back!

You might remember Backflip Ben from 2017...well the Trust is very pleased to be able to support Ben again as he heads off to the World Age Tumbling Championships in Tokyo. Do watch his video, it's impressive stuff! Thank you Ben for writing to us with your ups, and your downs, over the last two years. We're glad you've made such a good recovery from your injury and look forward to hearing how you get on in Tokyo. 🏅🏅🏅🏅🏅

Since we last communicated back in 2017 I had, with your help, a very successful 2017 World Championships, finishing 8th in the world in the 17-21 age group. Returning to the UK in late 2017 I prepared well for the 2018 season. Taking Gold in both of the British Championships Qualifiers, I went into the British Finals with confidence. However, a reoccurrence of a previous lower spine injury in the lead up to the finals meant I had to limit my training and left me in pain going into the finals. With great determination I took Gold at the British Championships and went on to gain a place in the GB team for the 2018 World Age Championships in Russia.

Following a scan on my back I unfortunately had to retire from the team and start on further rehabilitation ahead of the 2019 season.

This year has seen me steadily progress, build up the difficulty of my skills and reach some big milestones. I took Gold at both British Qualifiers. I also won the English Tumbling title and followed this up 2 weeks later with the British title, registering a score of 70.3, breaking the 70 point barrier for the first time - a score considered a marker for senior tumblers. I am currently undefeated in GB since the start of the 2018 season.

The reward for my work over the past two years is a place in the GB team for the forthcoming World Championships in Tokyo Japan. I leave for Japan with the British Squad at the end of November for the week long event.

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A Good Season for Mia

I just wanted to say a huge thank you for the money that the trust gave me, I really appreciate this and it has enabled me to buy new spikes and other kit.

My running has gone well this season and I’ve had some good races and good times throughout various sprinting distances.

Sorry it’s taken me so long to send this but my mum gets excited at events and forgets


to take photos (so thanks to Del Thrower who took some photos, I now finally have some!).
I’ve got one more competition left this season and then it’s onto more training and possibly cross country over the winter. Thanks again, I really appreciate the trust's support.

Thank you for writing Mia - keep us posted!

Letter from Cameron

Here's another letter the Trust received recently - thank you Cameron, it's lovely to hear what you're up to and how the Trust has been able to help.

Cameron has just graduated from Read College in Reading where the Trust supported him on a one year Foundation Course in Acting.

 

I would just like to say a huge thank you to The Tony Loy Trust. Without your support I wouldn't have been able to go to this amazing school that as equipped me with the skills, knowledge and confidence to get me into drama school. In September I will be enrolling at PPA (Performance Preparation Academy) in Guildford where I will be training on their BA Hons. Musical Theatre Degree, accredited by De Montfort University. '

Performance Preparation Academy has quickly become recognised as one of the UK’s leading institutes for exceptional performing arts training, with a strong emphasis made on employability and the needs of the profession delivered in a nurturing and supportive environment. Located in the heart of Guildford’s vibrant town centre in state-of-the-art facilities, PPA’s courses in both Musical Theatre and Acting for Stage and Screen offer a challenging, life affirming and inspirational vocational theatre training, where all students are valued as an individual and trained by a dedicated teaching faculty of highly experienced industry professionals. PPA Celebrated its 10th Anniversary in 2018' 

I would love to show my support by performing at any events the Trust has organised for example board meetings or fundraising events, as I would love to continue the support the Trust has given me. I am planning to put on a concert of my own and would love to invite the Trust to come and see all the amazing work that I have been working on. 

Again thank you so much for your support, please keep me updated on any events that the charity is putting on. You really do make a massive difference and I can't thank you enough. 

Letter from James

The Trust loves to receive news from anyone it has supported but to hear from someone, like James, one of the first young beneficiaries, is particularly heart-warming. Thank you James for taking the time to write.

As you know, a few years back The Tony Loy Trust granted me some money towards my further education. This money went towards my books which were essential in my 3 years at University. Since then I have been fortunate to graduate from The University of Nottingham with a First Class Honours Degree in Physiotherapy. I thought I would let you know where this grant has helped me get to today.   

I have now been working in the NHS for roughly 2 years, and am currently working on the Intensive Care Unit as a Respiratory Physiotherapist in Nottingham. Most people get very confused when I say this, as what does a Physio do on ICU? 

The role involves getting patients back to their functional baseline after a long period in hospital, weaning patients from mechanical ventilation, interpreting chest X-rays and blood gases of the acutely unwell patients, and helping treat respiratory failure using airway secretion clearance techniques and certain machines to help re-recruit lung tissue which may be collapsed.

The job does unfortunately come with a lot of unsociable hours, involving weekend working and being on-call for emergencies throughout the night. However, I really do love my work and feel very passionately about what I do. 

Without the support from The Tony Loy Trust during my academic years I may not have progressed to where I am today, so I just want to say a massive thank you for your generous contribution!

 

Kindest regards,

James Thwaites    

Congratulations Del on completing the Snowdon Triple Challenge!

What a feat.

Please see below for more information on Del's preparation over the last few months and it's not too late to support him and donate to the Trust - just click on the Donate button opposite!

All money raised by Del will be donated to the Trust. He has set up a Virgin moneygiving page where you can find out more and support Del by making a donation directly to his chosen cause.

Please give whatever you can. Del was a good friend of Tony's and is, therefore, looking to raise as much as he possibly can to support the work of the Trust set up in Tony's name, to encourage young people in the Arts and in Sport. 

Thank you so much Del - loving the t-shirt too!

Tickets still available, but not many! Contact us now at definitiveratpackblewbury@gmail.com

Christmas

All profits from this event will be shared between the Blewbury Village Hall Refurbishment Fund, The Tony Loy Trust and other local causes.

The Definitive Rat Pack and their wonderful Christmas Show come to Blewbury

for two nights only on Friday November 29th and Saturday November 30th 2019.

We welcome the original West End cast - Stephen Triffitt – Frank Sinatra, Mark Adams – Dean Martin and our very own George Daniel Long – Sammy Davis Jr. The Rats will be accompanied by a six-piece live band and a female guest singer.

There is a two-tier price package:

Premier Package - At a table, free glass of fizz, canapes, free programme. Tickets £65 per person.

Limited Package - a small number of chairs around the venue – free programme. Tickets £35 per person.

The only way to get tickets, which are limited due to capacity, is by contacting us at definitiveratpackblewbury@gmail.com

The Trust has just heard Beth's fantastic news - she's in Switzerland and has been selected by GB Snowsport to represent GB at the weekend’s OPA Games (the European U18 Championships), AND the races are doubling as the test event for the Lausanne 2020 Youth Olympic Games! Go Beth! We wish you all the best. ⛷

Thanks too for keeping us up to speed with other things you've been up to...night skiing in France and using February's snowfall in the UK to fit in some practice in the fields above Blewbury!

Congratulations Beth!

Del's Triple Challenge - 11th May 2019

Del's Triple Challenge - 11th May 2019

All money raised by Del will be donated to the Trust. He has set up a Virgin moneygiving page where you can find out more and support Del by making a donation directly to his chosen cause.

Much of the Trust's news is about the young people it has helped to follow their dreams. However, none of that would be possible without your kind donations and the generosity of people like Del, raising money to continue the work of the Trust.

Please give whatever you can. Del was a good friend of Tony's and is, therefore, looking to raise as much as he possibly can to support the work of the Trust set up in Tony's name, to encourage young people in the Arts and in Sport. Good luck Del, we shall be rooting for you.

Not averse to pushing himself, Del completed the London to Brighton (75 miles) Off-Road Bike Ride, in his 40’s and looking for a similar challenge in his 50’s came across the Snowdon Triple Challenge.

He's training hard, walking on The Downs and cycling along local highways in preparation for a 10.5 mile cycle along the shore of Llyn Padam (Llanberis Lake), swapping his bike for his boots and the 9 mile ascent and descent of Mount Snowdon before finally completing a 2.5 mile kayak across Llyn Padam.

In this age of electronic devices, Del is also using this challenge to encourage his children to spend more time taking part in outdoor activities and keeping fit.

He's even roped them in to part of the challenge! After seeing him off at the start, Del's family are going to trek up and down Snowdon, hoping to meet Del at the summit and then rescue him at the end of the kayak.

Old and New Faces

After a series of frustrations with his bike in 2018, Zak is ready for the 2019 season, riding his Kawasaki ZX6 in the British SuperStock 600 Championship.

The Trust is always delighted to hear from Zak, voted UK Clubsport 600 Rider of the Year for 2017, and is very happy to be providing him with further support.

The Trust has recently provided financial support for Cameron as he embarks on a 1 Year Foundation Course in Acting at Read College in Reading. Cameron was awarded one of just two scholarships available for the 2018 intake. He has performed in productions at many local theatres and has achieved highly in the Irish Dance Great Britain Championships. Good luck Cameron as you follow your dream, we wish you all the best. Let us know how you're getting on.

Beth retains British Rollerski Titles

Beth continues to excel, retaining several titles during the summer Rollerski season, including U18 British Champion. As the winter season gets underway the Trust are very pleased to be able to support Beth again with travel to several European events. Here is just some of her recent news. Thanks for writing Beth and Good Luck!

I have been continuing with my training and rollerskiing in preparation for the winter. The 2018 GB rollerski season has just finished and I am pleased to say that I retained my U18 British Champion and GB Rollerski Series titles, and this year I also won the U18 Scottish Series title.

 

Next week I am off to Sweden for the first race camp of the winter on snow. This winter is an important one for me as I am hoping to qualify for the European Youth Olympics (EYO) or the U18 European Championships in Switzerland. Unfortunately the BOA have massively upped the qualification criteria for the EYO so it looks unlikely that any British-based nordic skier will qualify (in actual fact only three British skiers have ever achieved the standards they are now asking for!). So it is more probable that my goal will be the European Championships.

George dances his way to Guildford School of Acting

George's talents were well-known to the Trust and so it was no surprise to hear he had gained a place at the highly regarded Guildford School of Acting, to follow their Foundation Programme in Acting. Delighted to be asked to help, the Trust has supported George in purchasing dance shoes for some extra classes he is taking. Thanks for letting us know how you're getting on George and how useful the shoes have been!

I just wanted to contact you to thank you for your generous support. I am now several weeks into my course and the money that you gave me has already allowed me to buy two types of dance shoes for lessons being taught by industry professionals. These classes will help me to make the most of my time here and will hopefully give me a wider range of roles later. 

The dance lessons are in the evenings, after a 9-7 timetable so the course is totally immersive. As an example, while I am writing this letter I am listening to recordings of a monologue that I will be performing tomorrow. We have to learn up to three monologues a week and I'm enjoying classes in improvisation, speech, Shakespeare, contemporary theatre, singing, stage combat, movement etc.

A massive thank you, I am having an amazing time and I have learnt so much already. It wouldn't be the same experience without the support from you.

Update: all-weather surface in the Goalmouth at Tickers Folly Field is installed!

The new surface is installed and it's great to see it being used. Here's the first footballing talent, keen to make use of it within minutes!

Huge thanks again to Tony's colleagues at Sutcliffe Play and thank you so much to everyone who has donated. It's never too late to donate, especially if you are enjoying using it!

Can you help? Please donate to Goalmouth Glory at Tickers Folly Field

In 2014 The Tony Loy Trust installed a permanent goal at Tickers Folly Field in Blewbury. Since then hundreds of people, young and old, have enjoyed shooting at goal and practising their penalties. Who knows maybe the next Harry Kane is among them.

 

Unfortunately the ground in front of the goal is now bare earth and this makes the goal unusable for a large part of the year.

The Tony Loy Trust, in partnership with Blewbury Parish Council (BPC) and Blewbury Village Society (BVS), is fundraising for a fabulous all-weather surface for the goalmouth so that our footballers can use the goal all year round.

 

We are aiming to raise £4000 as soon as possible so that the surface can be installed in the autumn. The BVS have got us off to a great start by donating £500 - thank you so much.

 

Please can you help by making a donation and also passing this on to your footballing friends.

 

For further information and to make a donation please follow the link and visit

http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fund/goalmouthgloryblewbury

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