A BURSARY pot totalling £2,550 has been awarded to a group of athletes from the Derbyshire Dales, thanks to Podium, a scheme supporting sports performers in their bid to reach the top.
The 12 athletes have each received a bursary of between £150 and £400 to help meet training and competition costs.
Athletes living in the Derbyshire Dales have also been given free access to Derbyshire Dales District Council’s swimming pools and fitness gyms to help them with their training.
Bursaries have been awarded to Sam Mak (Chinese martial arts), Sophie Hawkins (hockey), Molly Slifkin (kickboxing), Sadie Slifkin (kickboxing), Emma Erskine (kickboxing), Joshua Haynes (sailing), Ellie Koyander (skiing), Nicola Dick (triathlon), Christine Howard (triathlon), Diane Lee (triathlon) and Katy Colebourne (wrestling). Also receiving a bursary is Colin Radmore from Matlock Canoe Club.
Many of the athletes already compete for England or Great Britain in their chosen sport, while others are part of a recognised national development squad or development squad aligned to a professional sports club.
Chairman of the district of Derbyshire Dales, Cllr Judith Twigg, Cllr Steve Bull, chairman of the district council’s community and environment committee, Derbyshire Sport director David Joy, Les Warren from Derbyshire Dales District Council leisure services and Andy Shooter, from the Community Sports Trust, met the athletes to congratulate them during a presentation at the district council’s Town Hall headquarters in Matlock on March 14.
Podium is backed by Derbyshire’s sport and business scheme ICON, with money raised from the scheme used to support local athletes through Podium.
Cllr Judith Twigg said: “Derbyshire Dales District Council is very pleased to be able to support our athletes in this way and to help them continue to develop on their way to becoming the best that they can be.
They are great role models for our young people.
“I would like to thank Derbyshire Sport for continuing to support Podium, it is a great scheme that delivers locally.”
Athletes will use their bursaries to help meet training-related costs such as travel, equipment, coaching fees or competition costs.
Podium is managed by Derbyshire Sport and is financially supported by ICON.