In a recent article, we discussed the three young women from Pembrokeshire who have been chosen to represent Team GB. They are Zoe John, Leah Wilkinson and Lauren Price. Read on to find out what it takes to represent Team GB in the Olympics! And don’t forget about Victoria Thornley! She’s also a proud Pembrokeshire girl!
Zoe John, from Pembrokeshire, will represent Team GB at the AFL European Cup this weekend in Edinburgh. She began her journey to American football in 2016, and has kept herself in good shape while adding her experiences with the Valkyries to her repertoire. Zoe is the first woman from her home county to play for Team GB in an international competition. Her dream is to represent Team GB in the World Championships in Finland.
A renowned footballer, Leah Wilkinson is a Pembrokeshire native who has achieved a lot in her young age. She has represented Wales on multiple occasions, and has won the Women’s Super League twice. She has also played for Wales’ senior team, and this year helped them reach the UEFA Champions League final. In her younger days, she almost quit the sport due to gender restrictions and lack of girls’ teams. But today, she is one of three team GB women’s football captains, and she is also one of the country’s leading players.
In Pembrokeshire, American football stars Zoe John and Lauren Price are making a splash in the international sporting arena. Zoe John was born and grew up in Pembrokeshire. She now plays for the Chelsea Ladies and has won back-to-back European and World kickboxing titles. She has also won 52 caps for the Welsh women’s team and is a medal contender in the upcoming Tokyo Olympics. She says that her grandparents are her greatest supporters and will always be with her on her journey to the Tokyo Olympics.
Pembrokeshire is home to some of America’s best athletes including former American football star Zoe John, who is from the town of Narberth. American football star Zoe John grew up in Pembrokeshire and now plays in the NFL. She was born in Narberth and went on to play for the Washington Redskins and the Philadelphia Eagles. Victoria Thornley, the daughter of Pembrokeshire’s former mayor John Thornley, is a former actress and model who has starred in film, television.
The two-time Olympians are a couple and are the parents of Olympic windsurfers Penny Way and Bryony Shaw. Before taking up rowing, she was a gardener, and now focuses on sprinting. In 2016, she reached the Olympics’ semi-final in the women’s eight, and has since gone on to win world, European and Commonwealth medals in the fourx100m medley. In addition to the Olympics, she is also the first athlete from Northern Ireland to be selected for a rowing team, and will compete in her third Games.
Zoe John is a rising American football star and one of only three Pembrokeshire players in the women’s squad, but who is she and what makes her such a great athlete? The talented young footballer has represented Team GB in the past and has recently signed with Chelsea. She has already won two Women’s Super League titles and a Women’s League Cup, and has even reached the final of the UEFA Champions League. But her journey to the Games will be long, as she credits her grandparents as her biggest supporters, and remembers her late grandfather Derek throughout the journey.
The American Football star, a graduate of Trinity College Pembrokeshire, has represented Team GB for four years and is now set to compete in the 2020 Summer Olympics. She is part of a wider project to promote the sport in Great Britain and Wales. Many people believe American Football is just rugby played with pads. That is simply not the case, and there is no need to rebuke the sport just because you don’t understand it.
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The UK has been making a strong showing in the sport of American football, with the likes of Zoe John and Gregg Varey representing the country at the 2018 World Cup. Both have previously represented the country at the Junior World Cup in South Africa. They are the latest additions to the football team, having been selected by manager Mark Hughes. They will be joining a host of Paralympians and Olympians at the Games.