In 2011 Leanna embarked on the senior chapter in her career. In 2013 she was awarded the title of CP Sport's Most Improved Female Field Athlete and in 2014 she added Club Throw and Discus to her disciplines. In 2015 Leanna set two Age Group Records as an F31 in Shot and three in Discus. In addition she was National Silver Medallist in Nottingham in all of her three disciplines in competitions against athletes of different classifications. In her debut international qualifying competition in 2016, Leanna gained her World No 1 status at the IDM Grand Prix in Berlin, followed swiftly by becoming the 2016 Female Club Throw Champion at the England Athletics Championships in Bedford. Leanna continues to strive to be the best athlete that she can be; her hopes of being selected for Rio Paralympics 2016 were dashed when the IPC opted not to select any F31 athletes to compete. However, thanks to her boundless focus and determination, she went on to win Gold in all three of her disciplines at the 2016 CP Sport National Championships in Nottingham against athletes of different classifications. She also set a new Lifetime Best Distance in the Club Throw. Leanna sees any challenge that a new season may bring not as an obstacle, but as a stepping stone for becoming a more passionate and successful British athlete. Although, due to unforeseen circumstances, she had to take a step back from athletics in 2017, she returned to Nottingham for the CP Sport National Athletics Championships where she successfully defended her Club Throw title and increased her Lifetime Best by a massive half a metre! She also gained Silvers in Discus and Shot.
Leanna had a hugely successful season, gaining two silvers and a bronze at the CP Sport National Championships, as well as the breaking the Age Group Record in Shot at the same National Championships. Not forgetting her gold medal in the F31 class of seated Club Throw at the CP-ISRA World Games, of course, making 2018 her strongest season to date.
For each competition she does, Leanna has to find the funds to cover entry fees, accommodation, food, capitation fee (the annual fee payable to the Local Organising Committee for each country she competes in) and travel costs, plus the accommodation, food and support of her "Field Assistant", who is required to accompany her to every meet. As well as this, she also needs to pay for the services of a Personal Assistant to assist her with all of her personal care needs & to ensure her physical & mental wellbeing is maintained.
With the 2020 Paralympic Games now just 18 months away, Leanna needs to raise enough funds to get her and her support team to both UK & International competitions.
2019 is already looking like it will be a busy season:
31st March 2019 Para Throws Development Day - Lee Valley Athletics Centre (Costs including all of the elements mentioned above) £395.00
5th - 7th April 2019 Disability Open & Surrey County Championships (Costs Including all of the elements mentioned above) £750.00
13th - 15th April 2019 CP Sport Grand Prix Series - St Albans (Costs Including all of the elements mentioned above) £750.00
25th - 27th April 2019 IPC Grand Prix Sao Paulo, Brazil (Costs including all of the elements mentioned above) £3,500.00
3rd - 5th May 2019 BUCS Outdoor Championships, Bedford (Cost Including all of the elements mentioned above) £750.00
10th - 12th May 2019 CP Sport Grand Prix Series - Stoke Mandeville (Cost Including all of the elements mentioned above) £750.00
24th - 26th May 2019 World Para Grand Prix Series - Nottwil, Switzerland (Cost Including all of the elements mentioned above) £4.000.00
7th - 9th June 2019 World Para Grand Prix Series - Grosseto, Italy (Cost Including all of the elements mentioned above) £4,000.00
14th - 16th June 2019 CP Sport Grand Prix Series - York (Cost Including all of the elements mentioned above) £750.00
19th - 21st July 2019 Anniversary Games - London (Cost Including all of the elements mentioned above) £750.00
9th - 11th August CP Sport Grand Prix Series - Derby (Cost Including all of the elements mentioned above) £750.00
28th - 30th August 2019 World Para Grand Prix Series - Paris, France (Cost Including all of the elements mentioned above) £4,000.00
20th - 22nd September 2019 CP Sport National Championships - Doncaster (Cost Including all of the elements mentioned above) £750.00
7th - 15th November 2019 World Para Athletics Championships - Dubai, UAE (Cost Including all of the elements mentioned above) £7,000.00
£6000 would get Leanna and her support team to all 8 of the UK competitions scheduled in so far, costing Leanna an average of £750 per competition to cover all of the aforementioned elements.
Further competitions will be confirmed as the season progresses. The average season costs an average of £25,000 and with no guaranteed funding, the number of competitions and at what level Leanna is able to compete each season relies purely on how much she is able to raise. It's all donations...she needs your help!
- Bethany Lewis
- Steve Cullum
- Danny Haines
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