Commonwealth Games Hopeful Inspires Next Generation

Our very own Premier Sport Activity Professional, Eugene Ayanful, is in inspiring mood. Not only is Ayanful proving to be a huge inspiration to children as a role model delivering PE, Sport and Physical Activity to primary school children, he’s also aiming to achieve some pretty impressive goals of his own.

On the track, Ayanful is working hard to ensure a place at this summer’s Commonwealth Games. Injury ruled him out of London 2012, but after some recent good form with victory in the 200m Indoor Championship in Vienna; Glasgow 2014 is a real possibility.

Following his victory in Vienna, Ayanful will now compete in the upcoming European Championships and then the all important Commonwealth Games trials.

Away from the track, Ayanful is one of 650 talented Premier Sport Activity Professionals’ delivering sport & physical activity to over 175,000 children each week. He is delivering a variety of sports to children in primary schools across Essex and his aim is simple; to inspire and mentor young children through sport. This might be on TV competing at the Commonwealth Games or in schools coaching children.

A family member first noticed Ayanful’s natural ability for sprinting as a child when competing for his school. He was then persuaded to attend his local running club later resulting in winning a number of District Championships blowing away his opposition in the process.

We caught up with Ayanful - which isn't easy! - and discovered more about his journey: "As a kid I loved watching British sprinters compete at the Olympics and this is where my passion for athletics started. I had a number of role models growing up including Darren Campbell, a true British championship performer as was my old mentor Jason Gardiner. I also remember the likes of John Regis, Linford Christie and Dwaine Chambers competing in major championships.

“I now hope to inspire the next generation of athletes through my coaching work with Premier Sport in schools and through my personal success on the track. Speaking from my own experiences, having a sporting role model is crucial to creating a passion for sports so I hope I can inspire others to participate in sport and physical activity.

“My short-term goal is to compete at this year’s Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. My ultimate dream is to compete at the Rio Olympics in 2016 after failing to make the London 2012 Olympics in London due to injury.”

We will keep you posted on Eugene’s progress on the road to Rio, watch this space.