Young tenant in training to represent England at Olympics, 2020

06/06/2018

Amar Mazigh, a 20-year-old Brent tenant who lives on St. Raphael’s Estate, Neasden represented Team England at the Commonwealth Games in April.

This is not the first time the young athlete has represented his country, he brought home his first silver and bronze medals when he represented Team GB at the Junior Para and World Para Athletics Championships. Despite being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis at aged 13, Amar’s passion for his sport has driven him to overcome any physical and mental setbacks through a rigorous training programme to realise his athletic potential. He is also currently studying Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences (Human Performance) at Brunel University.

The 2016 Olympics inspired Amar to get classified to compete internationally. In March 2017, Amar went to Dubai to compete for Great Britain at the International Grand Prix competition camp where he won his 100m final race. After his debut at the Commonwealth Games, Amar is training hard to compete in the IAAF World Championships in Doha in 2019, and the Olympics in 2020.

Amar has tried to not allow the enormity of attending the Commonwealth Games distract him. He said: “I tried not to focus too much on it. I just wanted to perform to my best ability. I’m really lucky to have had the opportunity to attend; it was an amazing experience.”

“Even though I get to travel and attend world class competitions, I still love my home. My parents are from Algeria, and I really value the diversity of Brent and the way many cultures live side by side.”

Amar said: “I am often asked about youth gun and knife crime in London, and what it’s like to live on St. Raphael’s Estate. My view is that everywhere has good and bad elements. There are so many nice things about St. Raphael’s. There is a lot of community activity happening here and there are many dynamic and driven people; my neighbours and other local residents are friendly. Its home for me.”