Youth in Sport Update - Leticia Marsh & Elliot Crook

Posted on Friday 12th June 2015

Ice-dance couple Leticia Marsh (13 years old) and Elliot Crook (16) from Oxford have recently returned with a gold medal after representing Great Britain in the Copenhagen Ice Dance Cup 2015 held in Copenhagen, Denmark (21-22 March). The teens were endorsed by NISA (the sport’s governing body) as one of the top-ranked couples at Advanced Novice level to represent Great Britain alongside skaters from more than five nations who took part in this open international competition.

Achieving yet another personal best in two of the three sections in which they took part, Leticia and Elliot secured a final score of 54.10 placing them 1st in a tightly fought competition with a clear lead in the final day of the event, after a stunning performance in their Free Dance. With, again, the highest overall score achieved at this level by any couple representing Great Britain in international competitions this season, Leticia and Elliot remain ranked number three in the UK in Advanced Novice ice dance.

Leticia and Elliot train together on ice for more than 12 hours a week at Oxford Ice Rink and are coached by Mark Rickard. In addition, they fly regularly to train in Dortmund, Germany, with world-renowned ice-dance coach James Young, alongside members of the German national squad. They are also currently working with international ice-dance choreographer Philip Askew, and the sports conditioning team at The Athlete Centre in Oxford.

 


Youth in Sport Update - John Collins

Posted on Tuesday 31st March 2015

Last year marked a significant step forward for John Collins, who made his debut in the GB senior team, progressing through to the world championships in Amsterdam.


“My year started with an injury just before Christmas – a really bad back – so I promised myself I would come back stronger,” says John. “I trained hard on the bike, and that was a real turning point. Jürgen Gröbler gave me a few weeks outside the full programme, so I could really sort out my sculling technique. That gave me the confidence for final trials in April. I didn’t lead off the start in my races but I was chewing through people and in command,” he continues.

After finishing fifth in the A final, John was selected with fellow Leander athlete Jonny Walton in the men’s double scull. “I’m not saying the boat was very smooth or easy – it wasn’t – but mentally we approached things in a similar way and the project started to go from strength to strength,” he adds,

At the European Championships, the Leander men far exceeded Jürgen’s expectations of a B final placing by earning themselves sixth place overall, spurring themselves on for the World Cup regatta in Aiguebelette. It resulted in a much smoother race in the French Alps, where the duo got a better feel for the likely competition later in the season. But they got a surprise at Henley, where the French lightweights proved an unknown quantity in their competition.

“We though the Dutch would be our main competition. They beat us by one place at the Europeans, but then we saw the French beat the Dutch by a huge margin in the other semi-final – that worried me,” says John.

Sure enough, the double sculls final proved the closest race of the day, with the French taking an official verdict of just three feet on the line. “We were annoyed with the result, but the intensity of it all paid off going to Lucerne the following week,” he continues. “We walked away from the Kiwi double and that was a big deal for us – we had a good race to get into the final and held onto the silver medal slot for 1500m.”

Against more experienced crews, Collins and Walton slipped back into fourth place, and headed straight off to altitude training camp with the rest of the GB squad. “Our confidence levels weren’t so great going to Amsterdam – we hadn’t raced in weeks,” says John. “We built right through the regatta, expecting to row our perfect race in the final. In fact, we needed that in the semi-, and made the B final instead – but we didn’t just win that race, we dominated it.

“We closed the project, having exceeded the expectations of the team – that was a nice thing to do. If Jonny and I can get back in the double and see how far we can go with it, I’d be happy with that.”

 


Youth in Sport Update - Leticia Marsh & Elliot Crook

Posted on Tuesday 31st March 2015

Oxford ice-dance couple Leticia Marsh (13 years old) and Elliot Crook (16) recently returned from representing Great Britain in the Nestlé Mentor Cup held in Poland in January. The young couple was selected by NISA (the sport’s governing body) from among seven nationally ranked couples at Advanced Novice level to represent Great Britain alongside skaters from more than 20 participating nations.

Achieving a personal best in each of the three sections in which they took part, Leticia and Elliot secured a final score of 53.23, placing them fourth in a tightly fought competition with fewer than two marks separating them from a place on the podium. With the highest overall score achieved at this level by any couple representing Great Britain in an international competition this season, Leticia and Elliot are now officially ranked number three in the UK in Advanced Novice Ice Dance.

Following a successful season last year, Leticia and Elliot were invited for the second successive year to compete in the British Figure Skating Championships 2014, held in Sheffield last November, representing Oxford in the Advanced Novice Dance category.  Other successes in 2014 included winning a silver medal at the Welsh National Figure Skating Championships, achieving a Competitive Free Dance Test Score at Advanced Novice level at the August IJS in Sheffield and nomination to represent the UK at the prestigious ISU Junior Ice Dance Development Seminar in Poland. Elliot has also recently secured a place on the elite NISA AASE Apprenticeship Scheme in recognition of his hard work and dedication to the sport.

Leticia and Elliot train together on ice for more than 12 hours a week at Oxford Ice Rink and are coached by Mark Rickard.  In addition, they in Dortmund with world-renowned ice-dance coach James Young, alongside members of the German national squad. Leticia is a student at Headington School, Oxford, where she recently won an Outstanding Achievement Award for sports participation (outside of school) and is working towards her GCSEs. Elliot is currently studying for his A-levels at King Alfred’s Academy, Wantage, alongside his AASE Apprenticeship programme.

In addition to ice skating, Leticia enjoys ballet, drama and horse riding while Elliot also pursues sporting interests in karate and swimming, and is a keen amateur magician.

 


Youth in Sport Update - Emily Llewellyn

Posted on Tuesday 31st March 2015

CGA-supported young eventer Emily Llewellyn tells us that 2014 was a fantastic year. Her two ‘big boys’ Greenlawn Sky High and Junior II had some real highs in the 2014 season, both pulling out fantastic results in the British Open Championships, finishing ninth and eleventh respectively. Junior also showed great form when he was best Brit at Houghton Hall CIC*** Nations Cup, where he finished sixth individually. Our British team came a creditable third.

“I have spent a great deal of time building up what is now proving to be an unbelievably talented string of young horses for the future,” says Emily. “I had three lovely young horses make their debut to the eventing circuit this year: Ella, Exclusive – the handsome black stallion – and Emirati Nightsky.”

Alongside the many highlights, Emily’s year wasn’t without some disappointments. “I had an unbelievably frustrating fall at Badminton with Greenlawn Sky High after a personal best dressage test and a flying cross-country round up until that point,” she recalls. “However, Emirati Nightsky finished the season on a real high, winning the KBIS British Eventing Young Horse Championships for five-year-olds in October, and the big boys are now feeling great.  I cannot wait for the 2015 season with them.”

Emily predicts that her 2015 season will be an exciting one: “I feel so privileged with the horses I have to ride, and with my owners, supporters and sponsors. Major spring three-day events on the horizon are Badminton and Saumur, both in May. For the younger horses the whole season is going to be geared up to trying to get them selected for the World Young Horse Championships.  I want to thank the CGA for your continued and generous support.”


CGA Legal Services nominated for national award

Posted on Monday 15th December 2014

CGA Legal Services were among the nominees for a new national award for the legal profession.

The nomination, in the 2014 Modern Law Awards' was in the 'up to 25 employees' category, and while CGA Legal Services' James Baker and his team were no among the winners, they will always hold their place as the first member organisation to be granted an Alternative Business Structure licence by the Law Society.

James is pictured here with TV personality and ex-MP Giles Brandreth who presented the awards at a ceremony at London's Park Lane Hilton Hotel.

Launched in 2013, The Eclipse Proclaim Modern Law Awards to give them their full name, celebrate and identify sparkling talent and success in entrepreneurship, market development, business management and best practice in the modern legal services arena. They are designed to reflect the ever-increasing reorganisation, new legal entities and business dynamism of legal service providers since the Legal Services Act came into force.

CGA Legal Services now offer a range of advice on personal legal matters, including preparing wills, estate planning, probate and Lasting Powers of Attorney. For help and advice contact James on 01985 580706 or via email at cgalegalservices@thecga.co.uk.

 

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