Aspiring Champions

Inspiring our local communities to participate in physical activity and aspire to achieve, using our 1Life Ambassadors. We are delighted to have the support of two, Olympic medallists as the 1Life Aspiring Champions.

MAX WHITLOCK

Max Whitlock OBE is the most successful gymnast in British History, with over 20 major Championship medals to his name including, four European and World titles as well as three Olympic titles.

The Hertfordshire born gymnast won three medals at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi and made his World Championship debut the following year.

At the 2012 Olympics in London, Whitlock won bronze in the men’s pommel horse final and another bronze as part of the men’s team final.

Three years later he made history by becoming the first male Brit to win gold at a World Championships with victory in the pommel horse. Max also won silver in the floor and team event.

But more history was to be created at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games when he won Great Britain’s first medal in the all-around event in over 108 years, before becoming the first ever British gold medallist in artistic gymnastics with victory in the floor and pommel horse events within 1 hour of each other.

His prodigious form continued into 2017 where further history was made. Max became the first British gymnast to defend a world title, taking pommel gold with a near faultless routine and was awarded an MBE for his services to gymnastics. The following year brought more medals at the European, Commonwealth & World Championships.

In 2019 Max was to regain his European Title in emphatic style which was followed by Max regaining his Pommel World Championship title in an unforgettable World championships final later that year.

Max went into the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games as a global superstar & one to watch and he certainly didn’t disappoint making even more history by being the first to retain his Olympic Pommel Horse Title.

Max goes into 2022 as reigning British, Commonwealth, European and World Champion and Olympic.

TOM DEAN

At the 2017 European Junior Championships, Dean won the gold medal in the 200m Individual Medley and the silver medal in the 400m Individual Medley. At the 2018 European Junior Championships, Dean retained the gold medal in the 200m Individual Medley, breaking a European Junior record in the process. He also won two bronze medals, in the 400m Individual Medley and the 4x200m Freestyle relay.

Dean was selected for the British team for the 2018 European Championships, his first senior competition, where he participated in the 200m Individual medley, 400m Individual medley, and won gold as part of the 4x200m freestyle team.

In May 2021, Dean won gold as part of a team in mixed 4 × 100 metre and mixed 4 × 200 metre freestyle, as well as silver in the men’s 4 × 100 metre freestyle and 4 × 200 metre freestyle relays at the European Championships. He also won an individual bronze medal in the 200m freestyle.

Despite catching Covid-19 twice in the build up to the games missing almost two months of preparation, his raw talent prevailed. On 27th July 2021, at the 2020 summer Olympic Games in Tokyo, Dean won the gold medal in the 200m freestyle, with his teammate Duncan Scott winning the silver medal. He then won gold in the men’s 4 × 200 metre freestyle relay together with James Guy, Duncan Scott, and Matt Richards in a time of six minutes 58.58 seconds. Dean became the first male British swimmer to win two gold Olympic medals at the same games in 113 years.

Tom Dean is aged 21, not even hit his peak age and is already a double Olympic Champion. One of Team GB’s one’s to watch for Paris 2024 & Beyond!

 

Read more about our Aspiring Champions initiative here.