Nine talented youngsters from the county have been given funding by Leicester-Shire & Rutland Sport (LRS) to help them develop into the Olympians of the future.
In total 109 athletes from 25 different sports have been successful in receiving grants ranging from £100-£1,000 as part of the 2016 GO GOLD Funding Programme – Podium Level.
Podium level funding is provided by Leicestershire County Council, Leicester City Council and Rutland County Council to those athletes who are competing at regional level or higher.
Judo was the most popular sport for the Rutland contingent. They include: Bryony Cutforth, who won a silver medal at the London Open, competing at U57kg; Sofia Palmer who is a member of the England Cadet Squad, James Reseigh who is a member of the England Pre-Cadet Squad and Mary Tomblin, national u12 champion for the u40kg category. Gymnast Jaymee Feely has received support after coming first all around at the Nottinghamshire County Championships. Triathlete Hayden Greaves, who was seventh nationally at the Inter Regional Championships and netballer Karalaini Kataiwai, who plays for the Regional Academy have also been recognised. Young cycling star Owen Thomas Lightfoot, who won the Milton Keynes Spring Series U12 Boys competition and sailor Toby Walliams , who was seventh in the Olympic Classes National ranking series event, will also be supported by the scheme.
The aim of GO GOLD is to support talented athletes who are being recognised by their National Governing Bodies of Sport as being our future Olympic, Paralympic, Special Olympic and Commonwealth Games participants. Through their applications, a number of the athletes have been identified as hopefuls for this summer’s Rio Olympic and Paralympic Games.
The athletes were recognised at two Presentation Evenings held on 26th January and 4th February which were hosted by the chairman of Leicestershire County Council, David Snartt, at County Hall and supported by Drew Sullivan, Leicester Riders Forward and Team GB Captain.
All Podium level athletes will also receive free Leisure passes to their local Leisure Centre, to support their training programme.
All the GO GOLD athletes will be blogging throughout the year on their competition and training progress – visit www.lrsport.org/blogs to read the latest Blogs.