I make jumping look easy! 7.46m indoors in Bratislava, 7.75m at the Aviva European Indoor Trials and UK Championships! I was always an athletic teenager, geared towards sports and fitness, but it was an accident when I ended up discovering an innate talent for the long jump. My first love had always been football, until I incurred an injury that took me away from the sport, and I took to the athletics track looking for a new passion to sink my teeth into. I was led through a variety of sports, until an instructor directed me to the long jump because of my height as I was almost six feet tall already! Immediately, I was enthralled with the sport, and my training schedule spiralled from there, and that took me into National Competitions.
I achieved my first medal in 2005 as the Bronze medallist for the England Indoor Championships, and my second shortly afterwards in that same year – a Gold this time! – as the England International Junior Debut. Rolling for a hat trick, I finished off my winning streak with another International title, the Under 20’s Home Nations International Winner. I took a short break before starting another intense training schedule for Senior Competitions in 2007. The following Summer, my training paid off with yet another Gold International Debut Medal, this time in Austria, and a Silver for the England Under 23 Indoor Competitions. 2009 brought further medals and titles for me in National competitions, and I began to steadily climb the British Rankings. This led me to my title in 2011 as the UK Indoor Senior Champion, and my GB debut in September 2011, where I was placed third in competitions against USA.
I then decided to go back to my roots and began training to represent Nigeria at the All African finals.
John Harding-PE Teacher, Disraeli Primary School
Our Sports for Champions visit has been such a success. Not only did it raise a significant sum of money for our school and Sports for Champions, it also left a lasting impression on the children and staff. Our athlete for the day Ezekiel 'Zeeks' Ewulo was brilliant throughout the day. His energy and enthusiasm inspired the children to get active and he was engaging during the question and answer sessions. He highlighted many of the skills needed to be a professional athlete and linked them to skills the children are learning in school. We are still seeing children trying to beat their standing long jump records at break times and all members of the school enjoy reminiscing about the day. It really felt like the event brought our school community together. A big thank you to Zoe who was always in contact and supported our school along the way. We look forward to our next event with Sports for Champions!