Posted: Wed, 11 Mar 2020 13:46
Ava Brown is a 15-year-old student studying at Hungerhill School in Doncaster. She started BMX at the age of nine and is now a double BMX British Champion at her age group (2018 & 2019).
Ava has to juggle a full BMX training programme around her education. She trains every evening after school and during the weekends. She spends one day a week training at the British Cycling BMX National School of Racing in Manchester training with Odum Racing National Squad. Ava has also travelled around Europe competing in Belgium, France, Italy and Holland.
Ava would not be where she is today without the support of her dad, Russ and the rest of her family. Russ is also the Chairman and head coach at Doncaster BMX Club where Ava started her journey. He takes Ava to all competitions and training sessions around the country and around the world.
Ava's journey has not been easy, in the last 6 years she has had many broken bones including a broken elbow twice, a broken wrist and a broken femur.
Russ told us "This has not stopped her love and passion for the sport and she has bounced back every time. Ava's main goal is to join the British cycling team, then to train towards the World Championships, or even for the Olympics".
Doncaster BMX Club has over 80 members ageing from three to 55+. The club welcomes people of all abilities to learn the sport. Training is on Saturday mornings at 10:30am at Astrea Academy Woodfields. For more information:
Posted: Wed, 11 Mar 2020 13:44
Clare Laybourne: NHS by day, Taekwondo coach by evening, and one of the top Taekwondo referees in the World!
Clare started Taekwondo at the age of 14 and soon took to coaching and refereeing. Clare's family have always encouraged her and played a huge part in her journey. Clare stated, "As a family we live, eat and breathe Taekwondo and now I am following my dreams as a referee". Clare is now one of the top 50 referees in the world and is currently in the qualification stages to referee Taekwondo in the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.
On top of all of this last year, Clare set up Scorpion Taekwondo in Mexborough. Clare told us, "I really wanted to give back to the children and provide them with the opportunities that I have had, there was nothing like this in Mexborough". The club now has 15 regular children, from 5- 16, with most now competing against other clubs. All the children are working their way up the belts with some working towards black belt.
Family is still at the heart of Taekwondo for Clare and she coaches the club with support from her dad. Clare said, "The club gives children confidence and something to aim for, the children now have aspirations to compete at the highest levels when they get older. Taekwondo also helps children to stay healthy, mentally and physically, it can break down barriers and help calm children down. Mexborough Taekwondo is a family club".
Some of the children and parents coming to the sessions told us why they love coming to Scorpion Taekwondo:
"I love to learn new patterns and skills, I like to win competitions and I make new friends".
Another child said, "Taekwondo keeps me fit and healthy and I have lots of fun".
One of the parents of a child who attends the club stated, "He loves the club, it gets him out of the house and off his Xbox, he gets to learn self-defence and it has built his confidence. Clare is lovely she is a great coach and the club has a really nice environment".
Get Doncaster Moving wishes Clare good luck in her journey to potentially refereeing at Tokyo 2020.
Scorpion Taekwondo Mexborough train every Wednesday 5:15-6:15pm.
If you are interested in joining them contact ScorpionTkdMex@outlook.com.
Posted: Wed, 11 Mar 2020 13:42
Caroline was born in South Yorkshire and joined the army in 1997, serving for 17.5 years. This included included tours across Bosnia, Iraq and Afghanistan.
In 2008, whilst on operations in Iraq during her second tour there, Caroline began to suffer with depression. On return to active duty, she snapped her Achilles' tendon, which left Caroline with no use of her toes and little to no feeling from her kneecap down.
In 2014, she was medically discharged from the Army. On leaving she suffered further with her mental health and her physical condition deteriorated further. She was introduced to the sports recovery programme through Help for Heroes in 2015, where Caroline's journey started in adaptive sports.
She was part of Team Aspire completing the Enduroman Arch to Arc Triathlon in 2015 and in 2016, became an Invictus Competitor for team UK. In 2018 Caroline took up Para Powerlifting, where represented Team UK at the Warrior Games in Tampa, and the Invictus UK trials in Sheffield.
After seeing an advert for Doncaster Rowing Club in August 2019 about their Go Row Indoor programme, Caroline decided to give it a go. She was able to take part in Para Rowing using only her trunk and arms with a fixed seat. 15 weeks after taking up rowing, Caroline competed at The British Indoor Rowing Championships in the PR2 category and adaptive relay team. Her hard work, determination and the fantastic coaching from Doncaster Rowing Club saw her come away with three Silver medals.
In January 2020, Caroline went to the English Championships were she competed in the 500 meters; winning Gold and even beating some of the able-bodied competitors.
Caroline said, "I am determined to go back to the British Indoor Rowing championships in 2020 and compete in the 500m and 2k races against some of the Team GB Para athletes. I urge everybody, para or able-bodied to come to Go Row Doncaster on Monday's and give it a try".
Go Row Indoor takes place at Doncaster Rowing Club, Hexthorpe Park, every Monday morning 10:30-11:30am.
If you are interested in joining contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Posted: Wed, 11 Mar 2020 13:41
Olive (89) and Norma (78), started leading walks over 20 years ago as "walks for women" sessions, which later evolved into a Walking for Health group when Doncaster first became accredited as part of the Ramblers National Walking for Health scheme.
The Thorne Health Walk is the longest running health walk in the Borough and is still attended each week by up to 25 people from the surrounding area to meet up with old friends and welcome new faces to join them.
"I've been coming for 10 years, lots of us are on our own and lots have lost their partners. When you get old it's easy to just sit in and not speak to anybody, but this group keep us going and gives us a chance to put the world to rights as we walk"
Speaking with Hilary, 70, we heard how the walks had helped her get to know the area and support her to stay busy after recently retiring.
"I worked full time right up to turning 70, so when I moved to Thorne and retired I needed a way to keep busy. I started walking to the shop every day just to see people and say hi, or borrowing 1 book at a time from the library to make me get up and get out when I needed another, but then my neighbours daughter told me about the health walks so I gave it a go and I've been coming ever since."
Hilary also told us about how the health walks had helped her to manage her own pain and health condition, making her more determined to keep moving for as long as she could.
"I was worried at first I wouldn't keep up and they'd all wonder who the old one was with the dodgy knee, but the pace is perfect and I can manage this. Some days I hurt just walking down the street, and don't get me wrong, I'm tired after this, but the pain isn't half as bad. I'd rather keep moving as long as I can than have to have somebody poking about and needing a new knee, I'm not ready to give up"
This inspiring attitude of not giving up was echoed by all of the group and in particular by their leader Olive
"None of them believe my age when I tell them! Walking keeps me young so I'll walk with the group as long as I can, we're friends more than anything, yes we walk and like being out, but we also go for Christmas dinners and it's about being there for each other"
The group meet at the Delves Café in Thorne every Tuesday at 2pm. The walks are free for anybody to attend and the group are always happy to see new faces. All you need to bring is a pair of shoes with good grip because some of the routes can be muddy.
To find out more about this walk and our other Health Walks across the Borough, check out our events page