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With 200 days to go until the London 2012 Olympic Games, Cumbria is ready to support our most talented athletes

January 9, 2012

Are you a high level sports performer based in Cumbria? Are you looking for additional funding to help meet the ever increasing costs of training and competing? If so the Cumbria Talented Athlete Fund may be able to help you. The Cumbria Talented Athlete Performance Fund is now open to take applications and closes on the 31st January 2012.

Cumbria Talented Athlete Fund was created as part of the sporting legacy of London 2012 to support Cumbria's most talented athletes. The fund is being supported by Cumbria County Council, South Lakeland District Council, Allerdale Borough Council and Active Cumbria, the Sport and Physical Activity Partnership. The fund was launched at the Cumbria Sports Awards in 2009. The Performance Fund was put in place for three years leading up to London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The Performance Fund is for athletes already competing at national or international level or as part of a World Class programme.

Richard Johnston, Partnership Manager at Active Cumbria said, "I'm delighted to be able to offer Cumbria Talented Athlete Fund grants for the third year. The funding provided by Cumbria County Council, South Lakeland District Council and Allerdale Borough Council will really make a difference to the elite sports performers we have in Cumbria. It will hopefully help them take the next step in their sporting careers and catapult them to Olympic or Paralympic this year or at future Games".

Brendan Jameson, Leader of South Lakeland District Council and Chair of the Cumbria 2012 Group added, "The fund has been a huge success in Cumbria and makes a real difference to the recipients. We had a really good mix of athletes representing a whole range of sports last year and we are keen to do the same again. We would love the fund to continue beyond 2012 but this would require more organisations or business's coming forward and offering their support".

As part of the grant award, recipients are asked to help promote sport throughout the county are various events as Cumbria Talented Athlete Ambassadors. This was officially recognised by the London Organising Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) in 2010 by awarding Active Cumbria an Inspire Mark.

To find out more about the Fund please click on where you will be able to access further information about the Fund and also register for an application pack. The application window for completed forms is 31st January 2011.

For further details please contact Richard Johnston at Active Cumbria on 01228 226885.

Last years Performance Fund recipients included:

Abbie Hetherington 15 from Wigton a talented athlete in Athletics and Cross Country.

Ashley Hill 17 from Natland a talented athlete in Alpine Skiing.

Michael Horley 23 from Carlisle a talented athlete in Judo.

Victoria Johnston 18 from Penrith a talented athlete in Triathlon.

Nick Miller 17 from Carlisle a talented athlete in Athletics, Hammer discipline.
9th January 2012