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Three Cumbrian youngters have success in their sights after being selected to take part in a national scheme for aspiring sports stars

July 16, 2013

Ella Cooper-Holmes (12) , Sophie Studholme (15) and Scott Wilson (14) are 3  of 150 youngsters from across the country who have been selected to attend the Talent Inspiration Programme (TIP) at the Sainsbury’s 2013 School Games in Sheffield in September.  During the 3 day programme the youngsters will attend workshops, observe high level competition across a number of sports and take part in a number of practical sessions. The TIP athletes will be given the opportunity to start to understand the demands of high level performance sport and be inspired to compete at the very best of their ability.

The Cumbrian  pupils from The Nelson Thomlinson School in Wigton were nominated by their PE teachers Glenn Clark and Jane Lee for their achievements in their respective sports.

Twelve-year-old Ella Cooper-Holmes, from The Paddocks, Thursby, has cerebral palsy quadriplegia, a condition which affects the movement of her arms and legs.The pupil began swimming when she was younger, but was forced to stop when she was in a hip spica cast for six months at the age of five.Once mobile again, Ella’s parents began to take her swimming and she quickly developed a keen interest.  Her abilities have developed rapidly and has competed in the English Federation of Disability Sport Nationwide Junior and Youth Swimming Championship.“Her ambition is to swim in the Paralympic Games – we’ve told her we fancy a trip to Brazil."

Sophie Studholme is a talented Netballer who plays for her school. Sophie also trains on a weekly basis with Wigton Wildcats Netball Club and has been selected as part of West Cumbria Netball Development Group where she receives high level coaching as well as fitness training and strength and conditioning training. Sophie has always excelled at netball and tries her best at every training session and fixture. Her ability is as such that she plays up at school and this year played for the U19 School Squad in the North West rounds of the National Schools competition. Her shooting partner in the squad was Helen Housby, who has already gained her first England Cap. This has inspired Sophie to compete and do her best, but at the same time encouraging her team mates too. Sophie has made regular appearances for Team West Cumbria, where her sheer determination has changed the result of a match from losing to winning. She communicates well and drives her team to do well, ensuring that tactics are discussed and adhered to at half time.Sonia Dryden, Cumbrias Netball Development Officer said "Sophie is a dream to coach listening and then putting into place the coaches tips. She is well thought of by her peers and coaches and is certainly a performer to look out for in the future."

Teenager Scott Wilson , brother of Cumbrian athletics star Natasha Wilson a pupil of the same school and a member of Carlisle Aspatria Athletics Club and been selected for his achievements in athletics. Scotts' PE Teacher, Glenn Clark, said' Scott is a  highly talented young man who is an established athlete especially in terms of javelin throwing and long distance running of which  he has reached high level standards in both  athletics disciplines".

Nicola Maclean from Active Cumbria said " The Cumbria School Games Local Organising Committee are delighted to be able to select the local talented athletes to represent Cumbria at this National programme. We hope the experience inspires the youngsters to continue to achieve and excel in their individual sport and look forward to hearing of their future success."

Sainsburys School Games 2013

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