Helping hand for emerging sports stars

By Tony Sollis 13/06 Updated: 13/06 11:40

TALENTED young athletes from the Warwick district have been given valuable support as they continue to develop their sporting potential.

A group of 30 young sports stars from across the region - including 11 from this area - have been awarded over £12,500 to help them achieve their sporting ambitions.

The bursaries were awarded during a special event at the University of Warwick’s Cryfield Pavilion in Coventry.

CAP, now in its fifth year, is a bursary scheme co-ordinated by CSW Sport which provides support to talented athletes from across the sub-region. The bursaries are funded by Warwickshire County Council and Coventry City Council.

The funding is used by athletes to assist their development by covering some of the costs associated with their sports including coaching, equipment, travel and competition entry fees.

The athletes were presented with their awards by Cllr Carolyn Robbins from Warwickshire County Council and David Nuttall from Coventry City Council.

Local youngsters recognised during the presentations included orienteering trio Hamish Rogers, Julie Emmerson and Matthew Elkington, ultimate frisbee duo Amber Durrant and Kerryn Durrant, alpine skiers Freya and Ollie Eaton as well as squash star Chloe Pearson, fencer Ellie Cormack and sailor Tim Walton.

Modern Pentathlon competitor Georgina Mitchell, aged 15, also received support through the scheme.

She said: “I know a lot of people applied for this funding, so to be awarded it is very good. Not having this funding would probably cause some problems.

“The money will help with equipment and we will use it to buy some fencing equipment and a new rifle.

“I have the British Pentathlon Championships this month, so this support will help as I prepare for that.”

The event also featured an inspirational talk from Warwick’s Paralympic skier Anna Turney.

Cllr Carolyn Robbins, Warwickshire County Council, said: “This programme recognises the talented young sports people we have in Warwickshire who are already representing GB and competing at European and international level.

“It is designed to help them in their chosen sporting pathway to achieve their ultimate potential.

“The bursary will ease some of the financial burden placed on them and on their parents and help with training, equipment, transport, accommodation at events, the cost of competing and specialist coaching.”

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