Athletics: Olympians Daley Thompson and Nigel Levine in attendance at Track Academy Invitational

PUBLISHED: 10:00 22 August 2017

Olympians Daley Thompson (left) and Nigel Levine were guests of honour at the Track Academy Invitational (pic: Track Academy)

Olympians Daley Thompson (left) and Nigel Levine were guests of honour at the Track Academy Invitational (pic: Track Academy)


Thompson and Levine were guests of honour at high-class event

Antonio Infantino won the men's 100m at the Track Academy Invitational (pic: Track Academy)Antonio Infantino won the men's 100m at the Track Academy Invitational (pic: Track Academy)

Willesden Sports Centre came alive as Track Academy by Connie Henry held its thrilling invitational, with sporting stars Daley Thompson and Nigel Levine as guests of honour.

The outdoor blockbuster event, held last Tuesday, saw athletes competing in the 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, triple jump, javelin and shot put, with a roaring crowd watching from the stands.

Amongst those in attendance was Cllr Bhagwanji Chohan, Mayor of Brent, while the event was supported by Team Personal Best, the official London 2017 Inspiration Programme, and Mercedes-Benz.

Entertainment was provided by award-winning singer-songwriter Jorja Douglas.

Action from the Track Academy Invitational (pic: Track Academy)Action from the Track Academy Invitational (pic: Track Academy)

Among the winners on the night was Mya Ashbourne, an under-15 who won the women’s 100m in a time of 13.21 seconds.

The men’s 100m was won by senior Antonio Infantino, who came in at 10.45 seconds.

Senior Jamal Rhoden-Stevens triumphed in the 400m men’s race with a time of 47.15 seconds, with under-23 runner Finette Agyapong taking the women’s crown in 52.41 seconds.

Double Olympic champion Thompson said: “Track Academy does a great job of using sport for social change.

“I am really impressed with the young people I have met here today and proud to be patron of such a great charity.”

Track Academy founder Connie Henry, herself a Commonwealth Games medallist, said the invitational brought generations of athletes together.

“(We had) the greats like Daley Thompson, current international athletes like Nigel Levine and future international athletes,” said Henry.

“It was also very nice to see our alumni have a little reunion. Track Academy is a brilliant sport for social change charity.”

Track Academy is a registered charity which uses sport for social change among young people from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Academy members are given inspiration to succeed both on and off the track.

Alongside athletics coaching, they attend education sessions to help them gain qualifications, encouraging them to carve out fulfilling lives away from negative influences.

To find out more about the Track Academy Invitational, visit or call 07956 715052.

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