Will Ashby, high performance sport manager, says, "We are all proud that UEL has been able to help Team GB with support for Jona in a tough training year. We aim to help athletes at every level to progress in the face of challenges. We are so happy to have helped Jona to the greatest stage in sport."
Jona is grateful for the benefits of a UEL Sports Scholarship, especially the access it gave to physiotherapy and the gym at Aqua East.
"It allowed me to continue my program and progress in the pandemic," he says. "With gym being important for sprinters, I'm very thankful for UEL for the support. The staff were so amazing, too. They helped me with my lifting techniques allowing me to further improve."
Throughout most of the pandemic, getting to Tokyo was not Jona's target. He says, "I'll be honest, I had the European Under 23s. That was probably my main focus."