Oaklands alumni claims first medal of Tokyo Olympics

Former Oaklands College student Daryll Neita won the Bronze Medal at the Tokyo Olympics.


Former Oaklands College and Athletics Academy student Daryll Neita powered Team GB to an impressive Bronze Medal in the 4x100m relay last weekend. 

Daryll, who made history earlier in the competition by becoming the first British female since 2008 to make an Olympic 100m final, ran the final leg of the 4x100m relay crossing the line ahead of Australia and Switzerland, who pushed Team GB to the finish line.

Daryll studied at Oaklands College in 2013/14 and trained with the colleges elite Oaklands Wolves Athletics Academy.

Head of Academies Ryan Freckleton, who coached Daryll in 2013 said:

“Providing a platform which helps to assist the ongoing development of our student athletes has always been our primary focus. So to see our graduates continue their development so deep into their lives leaves a pleasant feeling. I hope to see them continue to achieve at the highest level possible.”

Also competing at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games were former academy students Reece Prescod, Ama Pipi and Celia Quansah.

The Oaklands Wolves Sports Academies enable students to study from a range of full-time courses including A Level programmes, whilst pursuing their dreams of achieving their full potential as an elite sports athlete. The Oaklands Wolves offer unique academy programmes in Athletics, Basketball, Cycling, Hockey, Netball, Men and Women’s Football and Rugby.

With the Paralympic Games due to start on 24 August, all focus will turn to two of Oaklands’ former alumni Olivia Breen and Maria Lyle, as they look to continue the academy success of the college.

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