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Athletes including cyclists, rowers and a skeleton bobsleigher have been given a share of £16,000


By Ben Comber


Cyclist Hayley Simmonds, 29, from Bar Hill
Cyclist Hayley Simmonds, 29, from Bar Hill

Almost 30 South Cambs athletes are sharing elite athlete funding from the district council to help them reach their potential.

Skeleton Bobsleigher Georgina Cohen, 28, from Shingay-cum-Wendy
Skeleton Bobsleigher Georgina Cohen, 28, from Shingay-cum-Wendy

Almost 30 athletes from South Cambridgeshire, including competitors in skeleton bobsleigh, cycling and clay pigeon shooting, are sharing around £16,000 in council funding.

The sportsmen and women were successful in applying for funds from South Cambridgeshire District Council's Elite Athlete Award Scheme grants.

The programme is designed to assist able-bodied and disabled athletes from South Cambridgeshire, who are aiming to represent Team GB at world-class events like the Olympics and Paralympics.

The fund aims to make crucial contributions to aspects of training such as equipment and travel. All applicants were asked to demonstrate how they will use the money to help them reach their sporting goals.

Daniel Mawby, 20, from Swavesey clay pigeon shooting
Daniel Mawby, 20, from Swavesey clay pigeon shooting

Georgina Cohen, 28, from Shingay-cum-Wendy competes in the skeleton bobsleigh. She said:"This funding is a welcome contribution to my training. As a self-funded athlete, it will go towards achieving my goals in skeleton this season. As we don't have a bobsleigh track in the UK, I must travel abroad to train and compete. Accommodation, travel, transport, insurance and track runs all have to be budgeted for.

"Each training trip is limited to what I can afford and it's the access to 'ice time' that can make a real difference to achieving a good finish time and position, as we're racing for hundredths of a second over 1.2km in under one-minute. This funding will go towards my upcoming trip to Igls in Austria."

Bar Hill-based cyclist, Hayley Simmonds, 29, was awarded £1,000. She said:"I'm extremely grateful to South Cambridgeshire District Council for my funding. As a female professional cyclist who does not receive any national governing body funding, the grant means a lot to me, particularly with the Commonwealth Games only ten weeks away. The money received will aid me in my final preparations for the games, which include a warm weather training camp, aerodynamic testing and support services including physiotherapy and strength and conditioning."

This year, a total of 29 local athletes were successful in bidding for funds. Grants have been awarded to sports-people who compete in a wide range of events, including athletics, clay pigeon shooting, cycling, diving, equestrian dressage, golf, gymnastics, hockey, rowing, sailing, skeleton bobsleigh, swimming, tennis, trampoline, triathlon, goalball, powerlifting and squash.

Daniel Mawby, a 20-year-old from Swavesey who competes in clay pigeon shooting, was awarded £1,000. He said:"I would like to thank South Cambridgeshire District Council for the opportunities they have given me. The scheme really helps young athletes take their next steps. It is helping me to achieve things that would not have been possible without the funding the scheme provides. It's a really positive thing for young people."

Cllr Mark Howell, South Cambridgeshire District Council's Cabinet Member responsible for the awards, said:"It's fantastic to be able to help our local sportsmen and women to reach their potential. Training to be an elite athlete in any sport not only requires a huge amount of determination, but also hour after hour of practice. Our fund makes a valuable contribution to this process by helping local sportsmen and women pay for crucial factors that can't be overlooked, like equipment and travel. Last year, I saw first-hand in a gym in Babraham how Camille Holland, our Dry Drayton-based Team GB powerlifter has benefited from this funding. I can't wait to see this next generation of our local athletes putting the grants to effective use on their way to trophies and wider recognition."

Athletes:

Athletics

Thomas Keen, 16, West Wickham, £750

Deshawn Lascelles, 14, Cambourne, £250

OJ Parmenter, 14, Swavesey, £250

Shannon Flockhart, 15, Longstanton, £450

Libby Taylor, 15, Steeple Morden, £250

Clay pigeon shooting

Daniel Mawby, 20, Swavesey, £1,000

Cycling

Hayley Simmonds, 29, Bar Hill, £1,000

Sophie Lankford, 21, Girton, £500

Diving

Ben Cutmore, 14, Abington Pigotts, £850

Equestrian dressage

Nicola Taylor, 23, Great Shelford, £500

Iona Sclater, 13, Abington Pigotts, £300

Lucy Warne, 30, Bassingbourn, £750

Golf

Oliver Brunt, 14, Great Chishill, £800

Gymnastics

Teegan Milligan, 12, Cambourne, £300

Hockey

Rhodri Furlong, 22, Histon, £800

Rowing

Olivia Morgan, 16, Cottenham, £800

Ella Darrington, 12, Kingston, £250

Sailing

Terry Hacker, 13, Cottenham, £250

Skeleton bobsleigh

Georgina Cohen, 28, Shingay-cum-Wendy, £250

Swimming

Angharad Evans, 14, Abington, £800

Rebecca Burton, 17, Cambourne, £350

Jake Moxham, 15, Melbourn, £350

Millie Emmans, 18, Caldecote, £350

Tennis

Anna Loughlan, 17, Fulbourn, £800

Trampoline

Evie Joseph, 14, Caldecote, £800

Triathlon

Sophie Pedder, 17, Litlington, £1,000

Goalball

Georgina Bullen, 23, Shepreth, £1,000

Powerlifting

Camille Holland, 29, Dry Drayton, £1,000

Squash

Ellis Miller, 15, Caldecote, £350



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