Bursaries help young stars fulfil ambitions

George and Charlotte
George and Charlotte

FOUR young stars from Rugby have been given financial support to develop their sporting potential.

The are among a talented group of 30 young sports people from across the region, who have been awarded a total of over £12,500 to help them achieve their sporting ambitions.

Rugby youngsters recognised during the presentations included golfing siblings Charlotte and Lauren Taylor, athlete George Goodwin and synchronised swimmer Sophie Randle.

The bursaries were awarded during a special event at the University of Warwick’s Cryfield Pavilion in Coventry.

CAP, now in its fifth year, is a bursary scheme co-ordinated by CSW Sport which provides support to talented athletes from across the sub-region.

The bursaries are funded by Warwickshire County Council and Coventry City Council.

The funding is used by athletes to assist their development by covering some of the costs associated with their sports including coaching, equipment, travel and competition entry fees.

The athletes were presented with their awards by Cllr Carolyn Robbins from Warwickshire County Council and David Nuttall from Coventry City Council.

Charlotte Taylor, 15, who attends Ashlawn School, said: “Funding like this enables me to get to different tournaments around the world.

“My sister Lauren also got a bursary and she is in Holland competing at the moment, before going on to Slovakia.

“Last year alone she went to ten international tournaments and I went to three - we are rarely in the same part of the world at the same time – so this type of support is really important for us.

“It also helps to get the best equipment and to train more. In this sport, more than most, if you don’t have the best equipment you do not really have a chance.”

The event also featured an inspirational talk from Warwick’s Paralympic skier Anna Turney.

Cllr Carolyn Robbins, Warwickshire County Council, said: “This programme recognises the talented young sports people we have in Warwickshire who are already representing GB and competing at European and international level.

“It is designed to help them in their chosen sporting pathway to achieve their ultimate potential.

“The bursary will ease some of the financial burden placed on them and on their parents and help with training, equipment, transport, accommodation at events, the cost of competing and specialist coaching.”

Full list of winners:–

Amber Durrant: Warwick, Ultimate Frisbee; Chloe Pearson: Warwick, Squash; Ellie Cormack: Warwick, Fencing; Freya Eaton: Warwick, Alpine Skiing; Georgina Mitchell: Warwick, Biathlon Hamish Rogers: Warwick, Orienteering; Julie Emmerson: Warwick, Orienteering; Kerryn Durrant: Warwick, Ultimate Frisbee; Matthew Elkington: Warwick, Orienteering; Ollie Eaton: Warwick, Alpine Skiing; Tim Walton: Warwick, Sailing; Charlie Waddingham: Nuneaton, Swimming; Emma Rickets: Nuneaton, Kayaking; Joe Lynch: Nuneaton, Swimming; Kyle Sweet: Nuneaton, Judo; Charlotte Taylor: Rugby, Golf; George Goodwin: Rugby, Triathlon; Lauren Taylor: Rugby, Golf; Sophie Randle: Rugby, Synchronised Swimming; Ashleigh -Danielle Green: Coventry, Netball; Ebony Wake: Coventry, Athletics; Georgia Linney: Coventry, Water Polo; Laura Connelly: Coventry, Karate; Lucy Herdman: Coventry, Netball; Paris Allen: Coventry, Modern Pentathlon; Sian Rainsley: Coventry, Triathlon; Thomas Goddard: Coventry, Kayaking; Farrell Treacy: Stratford, Short Track Speed Skating; Michael McCarthy: Stratford, Archery; Nancy Creedy: Stratford, Wakeboard.