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The First Group of Talented Athletes Have Received Funding As Active Cumbria Look To Support 100 Local Athletes This Year

May 19, 2014

The ‘all new’ Cumbria Talented Athlete Fund will fund 100 local athletes this year. The first of which have already received support after 35 award grants from the Bronze Silver and Gold elements of the fund equating to £10,450 have been made during the fund’s first month.

Ben Jenkinson aged 11 a talented swimmer from Maryport received a Silver Award of £300. Ben said; “I would like to say a big thank you to Active Cumbria for granting me a silver award. I am going to swim at the North West regional age group competition at the end of May and I am going to spend some of the funding on a new pair of racing jammers, some new training Finns and kickboard. The rest of the grant will help towards event entry fees.”

Daniel Harrison aged 15 a talented Squash player from Whitehaven received a Silver Award of £300. Daniel said; “I will spend my grant on furthering my squash learning through high level coaching with Paul Bell, the North West coaching lead. This will be a great benefit to me leading into my first British Junior Championships at U17 level. Part of the grant will be put aside to help me with travelling expenses to competitions and to assist in equipment purchases as my rackets tend to break from time to time.”

Emily Dibble aged 14 a talented athlete in Javelin from Ulverston, received a Silver Award of £300. Emily said; “I intend to use the grant, firstly to help with the cost of petrol and transport to my competitions and secondly to assist with buying new kit. The cost of kit is expensive as I grow out of it or they get worn out. I will be getting new training tops, competing vests, spikes and trainers. The grant will also help towards new equipment such as medicine balls and a new javelin.”

The Cumbria Talented Athlete Fund was launched in 2010 as part of the London 2012 Legacy to support Cumbria's most talented athletes.  In 2014 the fund is being supported by Cumbria County Council and Active Cumbria, the Sport and Physical Activity Partnership. Successful applications received from residents of the Carlisle City Council area may be eligible for an additional grant payment through a financial contribution received to the Cumbria Talented Athlete Fund from Carlisle City Council.

Richard Johnston, Senior Manager at Active Cumbria said: “I’m delighted with the re-launch of the Cumbria Talented Athlete Fund.  The funding provided by Cumbria County Council and Active Cumbria will total £24,500 each year for the next three years.  Getting such a response in the first month alone reaffirms how many talented athletes we have in the Cumbrian and more importantly the number of athletes who really need financial support to progress and develop in their chosen sports.  I would urge any businesses or organisations who think they may be able to support local athletes to get in touch with us at Active Cumbria.”

Cllr Patricia Bell, Cumbria County Council's Cabinet member for Health and Wellbeing, said: “This funding makes a real difference to the recipients and provides inspiration for others to get involved in sport at any level. I hope it will help take them onto the next step of ladder in their sporting careers and who knows, maybe even help them reach a future Olympic Games or Paralympics.”

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