Rushcliffe To Fund Olympic Hopefuls

Elite level locally based athletes with ambitions for national and international success have been given vital funding through Rushcliffe Borough Council and their Elite Sports Grant.

The Rushcliffe.gov.uk site state that “More elite athletes than ever before from across Rushcliffe have been awarded grant funding to support their efforts in their chosen sport, helping them to reach for their future national and Olympic goals.”

The athletes include Holme Pierrepoint based canoeists Afton Fitzhenry, Charlie Smith, Jonathan Young, Sam Rees-Clark, Joseph Enoch and Katy Reid, Kayak slaloms Macy Kang and wild water racing Kayak star Nick Boreham, long jump athletes Barney Corrall and Molly Palmer, Orienteering’s Ben Squire, short track speed skater Charlotte Haywood, swimmers Elliot Sibley and Lewis Warner, touch rugby stars Ellis Pearce, Julia King, Sam Dean, Oliver & Phoebe Simon, Archer Will Oakes, Triathletes Lizzy Edge and Soloman Okrafo-Smart, Gymnast Liam Jury, Water Polo player George Cummings, Ice Hockey’s Jodie Bloom and Archer Will Oakes.

In all 25 athletes from across 11 different sports will now benefit from those vital funds to help with costs such as travel, training, accommodation, competition fees and equipment.

One of those athletes mentioned, Tokyo Olympic quarter-finalist Katie Reid, a GB Canoeist and Senior level champion aiming for the 2022 World Championships in Canada, said “I feel very thankful for the support given to me by Rushcliffe Borough Council and the Elite Sports Grant.

“The funding will help with my training and competition expenses as I progress on my journey towards qualifications for 2024 Olympic Games.”

Another star that will benefit from the funding is Lizzy Edge from West Bridgford who is a member of the England Next Generation Triathlon Programme and was selected to represent Great Britain at the 2021 European and World Junior Championships.

In 2022 she will take part in a number of European Cup races to gain further international experience as well attend several international training camps, assisted by the grant.

The grants can also be used for specialist coaching and other professional support deemed appropriate by the National Governing Body over the next year.

A full list including information about each athlete is available at www.rushcliffe.gov.uk/eliteathletes.

*Main image @Rushcliffe the athletes will receive major funding through the Elite Sports Grant.

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