Nine talented young sporting stars from the Dales have shared in a £2,400 cash boost from a Talented Athlete Fund.
All nine are also being given free access to Derbyshire Dales District Council’s swimming pools and fitness gyms to help them with their training as they bid to reach the top in their chosen sport.
Bursaries of up to £300 each have been awarded to rugby union players Oliver Fewtrell and George Tressider, kickboxers Molly Slifkin and Emma Erskine, female wrestler Katy Colebourne and hockey player Sophie Hawkins.
Sam Mak (Chinese martial arts), Diane Lee (triathlon) and Victoria Allen (tennis) have also each received a bursary.
Each of the athletes currently competes for England or Great Britain in their chosen sport or have been tipped to do so within 18 months, and will use their bursaries to help meet training and competition costs as they strive to reach their sporting goals.
Derbyshire Dales District Council contributes financially to the Derbyshire Talented Athlete Fund, along with Derbyshire County Council, the University of Derby, East Midlands Designer Outlet and the Community Sports Trust.
The fund is managed by Derbyshire Sport.
Cllr Janet Goodison, chairman of Derbyshire Dales District Council’s community and environment committee, chairman of the District of the Derbyshire Dales Cllr Judith Twigg, who also represented Derbyshire County Council, and David Joy, director of Derbyshire Sport, met the athletes to congratulate them during a presentation at the district council’s Town Hall headquarters in Matlock last week. Also attending the event was Ollie Shearer, sports development manager at the University of Derby and Andy Shooter from the Community Sports Trust.
Cllr Goodison said: “Derbyshire Dales District Council is proud of these young people and the great determination they are showing to get to the top of their chosen sports. “