2015 Recipients

Emily Bolton, a talented Table Tennis player from Askam-in-Furness received a silver award;

'A huge thank you to Active Cumbria for their continued support in 2015 and my Silver Award from the Cumbria Talented Athlete Fund. To help me reach my full potential I need to gain experience at international tournaments in Europe. Some competitions are funded by Table Tennis England but this award will help me to fund an additional tournament in Europe, paying for flights and hotel accommodation. ' - Emily

Jacques O'Neil is a talented Rugby League player from Barrow-in-Furness, he has been awarded a silver grant.'

'I will be using the Money for part of expenses of traveling and for a Gum Shield that i need thank you so much for this funding it will help me a lot.' Jacques

Rachel Gallagher, a talented javelin thrower has received a silver grant from ourselves.

'Thank you for the support from Active Cumbria. The funding will allow me to buy another javelin as now I am throwing further I need a slightly different type of javelin. The money will also help my parents with travel expenses as I compete most weekends in different parts of the country. I also always need new kit including trainers and spikes.' - Rachel

Elliot Routledge has been awarded a Bronze Award.

'I will be spending the money on some new racing jammers to compete at the North West Regional championships in May and June. From this, I hope to be selected to swim at this years British Nationals and Summer National Championships in July and August. The grant makes a big difference so thank you again.' - Elliot

Lauren Munro-Bennett from Kendal is a talanted athlete of the Triathlon and has been awarded a silver award;

'I am so grateful to have been awarded the Cumbria Talented Athlete Fund (silver award). I started competing in Triathlons in 2014, and soon realised how expensive the sport was. I have qualified to race for GBR in the ETU Standard Distance Triathlon European Championships in July this year, and this grant will cover the race entry fee and some of the travel expenses. I also intend on putting this grant towards a new pair of running shoes for racing the season.'

Nick Miller, Hammer Thrower from Carlisle has received a silver award;

'Thanks Active Cumbria for your support and the silver award.  I've always been motivated to train hard to achieve my goals in the hammer and was so proud to have got the silver medal in the Commonwealth Games last year.  I've just had a massive throw at 75.41m that places me number one in under 23 in the world so things are going really well for me.  I don't want to stop there though.  I've got my sights set on the British Championships in Birmingham again this year (which I won last year), the European under 23 championships in Estonia in the summer and hopefully the world championships in Beijing (if I'm selected) in August.  So my training will continue.  This award will really help towards my training and travel costs.  Just as an example I need new hammer shoes every month or so and they are around £100.' - Nick

Jack Smith, a talented swimmer from Carlisle received a silver award.

'I would like to thank Active Cumbria for this talented athlete award. This will assist with the cost of travel and accommodation for the North West Regional Age Group Championships in May and with additional swimming gala fees thereafter.' - Jack

Demi Fisher, a talented Rugby League player, currently playing for England Womens Universities and Colleges Team, from Maryport received a silver award;

'I will spend my award travelling to England training , going on tour and help towards gym subscription which is £300 a month and we have to go at least 3 times a week.' - Demi

Connor Joyce, a talented swimmer from Maryport has recieved a silver award;

'I am so pleased to have received this award from Active Cumbria as I would like to buy a new pair of swimming jammers and goggles for the regional ompetitions in 3 weeks time, the jammers are really expensive so I'm chuffed to be given this award to help me buy a new pair in time for the competitions.' - Connor

Adam Goud, a talented squash player from Carlisle has receivd a silver award. This award will be used to asssit with Adams Coaching Costs locally, regionally and nationally. 


Samantha Clark, is a talented athlete of modern pentathlon, she is from Wigton and has been awarded Bronze;

'Having competed at the British Biathlon Championships in Birmingham and achieving the initial criteria for the English Talent Program by Pentathlon GB, I decided to add shooting and fencing to the disiplines I already could do (Swimming, Running & Riding) to make up the Modern Pentathlon, this grant will help me buy fencing & riding equipment to use when I go to the British Modern Pentathlon Championships in June at Birmingham and my monthly costs of training locally and in Accrington with Pentathlon GB. ' - Samantha

Collette Doran, a talented athlete of the Javelin has been awarded a gold grant;

'Thank you very much, I really appreciate it. I am so happy and grateful to have been awarded this grant, it was massively help with my travelling and accommodation for events and competitions, I wouldn't be where I am right now, thank you.' - Colette Doran

Luke Armstrong has received a silver award, Luke is a talented baseball player from Grange-over-Sands;

'Thank-you so much for awarding me with the Cumbria Talented Athlete Fund, silver award. The money I receive will be used towards the cost of my trip to the Czech Republic in July to compete in the European Baseball Championships, our qualifying for the championships this year was our 10 year dream, so the team is very excited about this opportunity.' - Luke

Grant Johnson from Walney Island is a talented runner, he has been awarded a Silver Award.

"This grant will help me with travel costs to attend training in Preston on a regular basis with top national athletes as well as travel expenses to races. It will allow me to recieve guidance from professionals and like-minded athletes in order to progress towards my potential. Thank you!" - Grant

James Hale, from Carlisle is a talented tennis player and has received a Bronze award;

'Thank you very much for my silver award. I am very grateful to you. The money will be a big help towards tournament travelling and accommodation, extra individual lessons which will improve my technique and possibly some new tennis shoes. Thanks again.'- James

Nick Sowerby, a talented golfer from Penrith has received a Bronze Award;

'Many thanks for my award, the money will be used for coaching, fitness & playing costs.' - Nick

Beth Weir a talented Rugby League player from Egremont received a silver award;

'Thank you for awarding me the silver award from the Talented Athlete fund. The money will come in very handy to pay for training kit, playing kit and traveling expenses to training days and the tour of Hungary with the ladies England Student team.' - Beth

Jake Brown, a talented footballer from Dalton-in-Furness has recieved a Gold Award. Jake has also been named in the Squad to represent England CP in the World Championship in June;

"I would like to say a huge thank you to Active Cumbria for their support. I really appreciate my Gold Award from the Cumbria Talented Athlete Fund. I have been attending England training camps throughout the year and this award will hopefully assist me in reaching my goal of representing England CP Senior football team at the up and coming world championships.  The award will really help towards my training costs, equipment and travel costs to and from England camps.'- Jake

Ben, a talented baseball player from Grange-over-Sands has received a gold award;

'Thank you very much for the grant award. It is greatly appreciated as I receive no other funding towards my participation in the national team. 

I plan to use this grant money to help fund the 2 international tournaments I will be competing in this summer. The first being the European Cup in Belgium, followed by the Prague Baseball Week in the Czech Republic with the Great Britain team. These tournaments will give me the high level experience required to help my development and progression towards next years European Championships and World Baseball Classic Qualifier tournaments, where we will face some of the worlds best teams." - Ben

Lucy Mackenzie, a talented swimmer from Workington has recievd a Silver award;

'As always I am grateful to have received a silver award from the Cumbia Talented Athlete Fund. To help me continue in my sport at a senior level, this will contributes to, kit, travel, hotel and any other expenses.  Thanks again' - Lucy

Anna Newlands, a talented swimmer from Copeland has been awarded a silver grant.

'I am so thankful and pleased to be receiving the Cumbria Talented Athlete fund. I will be using the fund to help me with all kit, travel and competition expenses to help me within Swimming. Thanks again for helping me.' - Anna

Samantha Wilson, a talented disabled swimmer from Wigton has received a silver award.

Emily Spence a talented athlete of Karate received a silver award.  Emily is from Barrow-in-Furness;

'Thank you Active Cumbria for the Silver Level Award.  The money  will help fund the many upcoming competitions and also my travel for national squad training.  I am also ready for some new protective gear and need some new mitts so I will use the money to buy them' - Emily 

Ben Jenkinson a talented swimmer from Maryport has received a silver award.

'I really appreciate being awarded the silver award from Active Cumbria, I am going to use the money towards some new racing jammers for the North West Regionals and towards gala entry fees!' - Ben

Daniel Spencer a talented athlete of Orienteering has received a silver award.  Daniel is from Cockermouth.

'Thank you to Active Cumbria for my Talented Athlete Silver Award.  I will spend the money on new running clothes for training and competitions, a new pair of running shoes, event entries for major events (including the Scottish 6 Days this summer) and towards travel to and from events which are not local.   I will also use some of it towards the costs of training weekends with the North West Junior Squad and the Deeside training camp held this summer for which have been selected.' - Daniel

Rosie Spencer a talented athlete from Orienteering has received a Silver Award. Rosie is from Cockermouth.

'Thank you to Active Cumbria for my Talented Athlete Silver Award. I will use part of it to pay for training days and weekends with the North West Junior Squad. The money will also go towards running kit, entering major events (the French 4 Days and the Scottish 6 Days this summer), new running shoes and travelling to events that aren’t local.  My aim for this year is to be picked for the JIRCs; Junior Interior Regional Championships.' - Rosie

Sophie Holden, a talented athlete of Taekwondo has received a gold award.  Sophie is from Carlisle.

"Having been selected to represent Great Britain at the European Taekwondo Poomsae Championships in Serbia, I am delighted to have been awarded the Gold award from Cumbria Talented Athlete Fund.

I have been a student of Taekwondo for four and a half years and a member of the National Poomsae Squad for over two years, competing at regional, national and international level. Recently, I competed at the Commonwealth Taekwondo Games, winning two bronze medals and a silver medal. With this grant, I will be able to travel to Serbia, where the European Championships 2015 is being held. The grant will cover the cost of travel to Serbia, the cost of staying throughout the competition, entrance fees and appropriate equiptment." - Sophie

Tom Younger a talented athlete of Karate is from Barrow-in-Furness.  Tom has been awarded a Gold Award;

'I would like to thank Active Cumbria for there continued support helping me reach my goals. The gold award grant will help with expenses in the non funded international events I have been selected to represent England and GB in the sport of karate.' - Tom

Rachel Vatter, a talented athlete of Triathlon is from Cockermouth.  Rachel has received a Silver Award.

'Thank you very much for the Cumbria Talented Athlete Fund silver award.  The money will be used to pay for a new wetsuit for my open water triathlons and the race entry fee for the European Age Group Sprint Triathlon Championships in Geneva later this year. This will be the largest race I have ever taken part in and I am looking forward to representing GBR.' - Rachel 

Luke Jackson is a talented swimmer from Whitehaven, he has recieved a Bronze Award.

'Thank you very much for my award. With this money I will be able to buy some new competitive swimming goggles and equipment for the North West Regional Championships that are held over 3 weekends in May & June.' - Luke

Luke Greenbank, a talented swimmer from Cockermouth has received a silver award. 

'Thank you for the award from Active Cumbria.  The award will go towards equipment costs for this year.  My main targets are help Team GB do well at the  first European Games in Baku, Aberbaijan in June and to get on the podium for the World Junior Swimming Championships in Singapore in August.' - Luke

Gemma Taylor – is a talented Downhill Mountain Biker from Keswick.  Gemma has received a silver award;

'Thank you so much for awarding me a Silver Level Grant. II intend to spend my grant from the Cumbria Talented Athlete Fund to help pay for my race entries. I am competing in the British Downhill Series, Scottish Downhill Series and doing some World Cup rounds. I am planning on doing some of the European World Cup Rounds next season as well. The grant will help massively in getting me to these races. I will also use the grant to get more training which will improve my riding skills and increase my confidence and performance levels.' - Gemma 

Gavin Taylor is a telented Downhill Mountain Biker from Keswick. Gavin has received a silver award.

'I am going to spend my grant from the Cumbria Talented Athlete Fund on race entries and training. Race entries for downhill mountain biking are expensive and this will help me to afford too do more races and the grant will also help to pay towards training to help me improve more and bring on my riding.' - Gavin

Alastair Thomas, talented Orienteer has been awarded a silver level grant from the Cumbria Talented Athlete Fund;

'The Cumbria Talented Athlete Grant will support my two summer training camps; I have been selected for both the British Orienteering Talent Camp and the Junior Regional Training Camp.  I am really looking forward to these, they are in brilliant orienteering areas and I know they will be great training. Your grant has made it possible for me to go to both.  Thank you.' - Alastair

Heidi Murray a talented runner from kendal has been awarded a Bronze Grant;

'I intend to spend the grant on travel expenses to attend competitions and training camps. I shall also buy a new pair of racing shoes Thank you very much for your support.' - Heidi

Ella Telford from Eden is a talented athlete of the Javelin, she has received a Silver Award.

Will Postlethwaite a talented golfer from Carlisle has received a Bronze Award.

Tom Robinson a talented swimmer from Ulverston has recieved a silver award.

Jack Ivison, a talented swimmer from Workington has received a Bronze Award
'This award help me keep striving towards my goals of swimming at international level.'- Jack

Holly Monk, a talented athlete from Sailing received a Bronze Award. Holly resides in Windermere.