Olympians praise the power of sport at annual Track Academy Invitational event

PUBLISHED: 16:00 22 August 2018

Corinne Henry and Christine Ohuruogu

Corinne Henry and Christine Ohuruogu


Olympians Christinne Ohuruogu and Michelle Griffith-Robinson were guests of honour at Track Academy’s annual invitational.

Michelle Griffith-RobinsonMichelle Griffith-Robinson

The British Athletics certified event included 75m for under-nine and under-11s, plus the 100m, 200m, 400m and 800m, as well as long jump, high jump and javelin contests on the field.

Among the winners were Antonio Infantino in the senior men’s 100m in 10.48secs and Hannah James in the women’s race in 12.44.

Nicholas Atwell took the senior men’s 400m title in 48.76, as Lewis Sorhaindo won the under-11 long jump with a personal best of 4.07 metres.

Patricia Grudz-Edmondson had a new best of 1.15m in the under-17 high jump and 3.39 in the long jump.

And Ohuruogu, who won four Olympic and eight World Championship medals during her glittering career, said: “It’s really important to have events like these to help you grow and fulfil your potential. I believe in the power of sport to change people’s lives. It changed mine for the better and I now have an amazing bag of skills as a result. I hope you will cherish sport as I have cherished it.”

Griffith-Robinson, the first woman in the Commonwealth to go over 14 metres in the triple jump, added: “Track Academy brings the community together and helps athletes grow as individuals. I myself was a little girl from Wembley with a big dream, and I went on to the Olympics. Sport teaches kids to make something of themselves.”

Track Academy founder Connie Henry, a Commonwealth Games medalist, said this year’s event had been a big success, adding: “Everyone worked so hard in training and on the night to achieve fantastic results. And it was wonderful to have Christine and Michelle there to show our athletes what can be done with hard work and dedication.”

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 gain qualifications, encouraging them to carve out fulfilling lives away from negative influences. Track Academy is partnered with the College of North West London which supports Sport for Social Change.

For more information about Track Academy by Connie Henry, visit or call 07956 715052.

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