Athletes Our athletes Rion Pierre Rion Pierre was born in Jamaica and moved to England with his family when he was five years old. At first he did not enjoy school and also had problems with his weight, but when he discovered sport he started to enjoy school much more as he particularly enjoyed P.E., as well as gaining more confidence and motivation and getting in shape. He discovered that he was talented at many sports, amongst them football; he was signed to Chelsea FC’s youth team, but at the tender age of 14 he was stabbed in a non-gang affiliated incident in London, and struggled to recover back to fitness. As a result he was released from Chelsea. Undeterred, Rion became even more determined to succeed: in an attempt to improve his football and athleticism he joined an athletics club. Here his talent for sprinting was noticed, and his running career began to take off. Within a couple of months he had become the Under-17 100 metre record holder for Middlesex, and also became the English School’s Gold Medallist. He went on to become the AAA’s National Junior 200-metre champion and then the Under-23 AAA’s 100-metre champion. As well as attending the Harefield Academy, a sports-specialist college, Rion also completed a degree in Biomechanics at Brunel University, achieving First Class Honours. Throughout his time at Brunel he continued to train for his athletics, but unfortunately missed out on competing in the European Championships and the Commonwealth Games because of injury. However, he was not deterred and got back on track with training hard for the London 2012 Olympic Games in the 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay events. Unfortunately he was unable to compete in the end, due to injury. Rion has benefited from the coaching and mentorship of the legendary Linford Christie, who invited Rion to be part of his sprint squad alongside Commonwealth Champion Mark-Lewis Francis and World Bronze medallist Laura Turner. Giving back Rion has always been happy to give something back to those who have supported him. He has proved a fantastic role model for young sports students; he has frequently made appearances at his former college The Harefield Academy to inspire the youngsters there to achieve their best both academically and within their chosen sports. He has also given talks at various primary schools, talking to children about good nutrition and what it takes to be a successful athlete and a successful person in life. In the run-up to the 2012 Olympics, he encouraged children to raise money for ‘Support for Schools’, with the money raised going to help Great Britain’s Olympians. Competitive record Domestic Championships Record U17 Middlesex 100m Record Holder. English School’s Gold Medallist. 2006 – AAA’s National Junior 200m Champion. 2009 – u23 AAA’s 100m Champion Major Championships Record 2006 – World Junior Bronze Medallist. 2009 – European u23 100m Bronze Medallist 2009 – European u23 4 x 100m relay Gold Medallist Other Noteworthy Achievements Former Chelsea F.C and England Schoolboy Squad member. 2005 – ‘Slums to Funds’ Award Winner.