ASSA ABLOY Supports One of Our Own on Journey to Olympics!

Dionne Samuels, a platform engineer for Yale, is currently training for the 100m sprint as she aims to compete in the 2020 Olympics. To support her through an intensive training programme, ASSA ABLOY has supplied a full collection of branded sportswear.

Training a minimum of 6 days a week, we asked Dionne to share her experience as she aims to compete both nationally and internationally: “Whilst training can be difficult, it is definitely rewarding and I can feel myself getting closer to my goal of reaching the Olympics.

“Every day after work I travel to the Alexander Stadium to train with my coach. We do a mixture of exercises, from explosive or strength training in the gym, to high intensity training (HIT) which can be done on the field or track.”

Dionne recently competed in the 100m sprint at the Warwickshire Championship, winning the gold after two heats. After her success she aims to not only reach the Olympics in 2020 but also compete in the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham. With the games being hosted so close to home, Dionne is striving to do us all proud as she hopes to reach a sprint time of 11.1 seconds or below, knocking over 0.5 seconds of her personal best.

To support Dionne in her training ASSA ABLOY has purchased a complete sports kit, including technical vests, leggings and shorts. Even on a Sunday (Dionne’s only rest day!), she can be found wearing her ASSA ABLOY tracksuit.

Despite heading towards the end of the season Dionne explains there is no time for rest. During the winter season she will continue training with her peers, and competition season will return once again in January 2019.

To give us all a little inspiration Dionne has shared her favourite quote with us:

“A failure isn't a failure if it prepares you for success tomorrow. There's always a point where you get knocked down. But I draw on what I've learned on the track: If you work hard, things will work out.” – Lolo Jones: American Hurdler.

Keep your eyes open for further updates on Dionne’s journey, particularly with the British Championships taking place in February 2019. Good luck Dionne!