Funding Future Olympians and Paralympians – Supporting Wiltshire’s talented sports people
No one can forget the sense of pride and celebration when Wiltshire’s athletes won medals at last year’s Olympic and Paralympic Games. As part of building on the success of 2012, the council is working with local businesses to support rising sports stars by awarding grant funding. The funding will enable access to training and competitive opportunities as well as purchasing equipment and covering transport costs to regional and national events. The council has allocated a total of £5,000 each year since 2011 to support our talented athletes, however this year working in partnership with local businesses significantly more money has been raised to support Wiltshire’s sports people and we have been able to support 14 athletes this year with grants of £1,000 each to help support them on their pathway to future sporting success.
This year’s grants were presented at the Wiltshire Business Legacy Gala Dinner at the Atrium at County Hall in Trowbridge on 13 March 2014 to:
Ben Amor - Golf
Ben is 18 years old and from Marlborough. In 2013 he finished tied third in the Welsh youth's Championships, second in the South West under 18s championships, third in the Canadian Junior Invitational, second in the Wiltshire County Championship, first in the Wiltshire U18 boys Championship and his break through win on the national circuit came at the Carris Trophy at West Lancashire Golf Club where he won the England U18 trophy in a play off. He then went on to represent England boys at home internationals where he was the only player to be unbeaten all week win 6/6 points. Following on from that he got selected to represent GB&I against Europe where he was part of the victorious team winning 15-8. Ben’s future goal is to compete in the Walker cup in 2015 at Royal Lytham. He would also like to maintain his spot in the England set up through the year as he does not have any ambitions of turning professional until after the Walker Cup. Ben will use his grant on travel, accommodation, food, petrol and also updating his equipment.
Emily Benham - Mountain Bike Orienteering
Emily is from Salisbury. Mountain Bike Orienteering is a minority sport in the UK, but internationally it is a fast growing and intense elite level sport. Since moving her training base to Norway two years ago, Emily has lived and trained as a full time athlete, and as a result became European Champion in 2013 and won two silver medals at the World Championships in 2012/2013.
In 2014 she is now training to better her World Championship results in all race distances, and to take top 3 in the World Cup overall. This grant means that Emily can attend a high altitude training camp in Livigno, Italy for three weeks prior to the World Championships, which will enable her to take her race preparation to the next level in order to take World Championship gold.
Daniel Bethall - Badminton
Daniel is from Chippenham and has cerebral palsy, leading to physical disability in his right arm and leg. His first Parabadminton tournament in 2010 was at the English leg of the 4 Nations championships in Manchester. At the same tournament in 2012 he achieved his first medal, finishing runner-up in the singles in Nottingham. Since then he has won gold in the men’s singles in the Scottish National tournament in February 2013, gold in the men’s singles in the Nottingham Championships in July 2013, gold in the men’s singles in the Welsh National tournament in September 2013 and gold in the men’s singles and doubles at the Scottish National tournament in February 2014. He is British Number 1 in his category for men’s singles. In 2013 he was asked to join the England Parabadminton squad, competing at the Parabadminton World Championships in November 2013 in Germany where he reached the last 16 in the men’s singles, losing to the World number 5. The grant will help support Dan’s training in the lead up to the European Championships in Spain in September 2014.
Lauren Booth - Cycling
Lauren is from Chippenham. Having survived Meningitis aged 6 weeks old Lauren was left with cerebral palsy, brain damage and permanent hearing loss. In 2010 she took up a place on the Federation Disability Sport Wales academy at the Newport Velodrome. 2013 has been Lauren’s best year, becoming the British Cycling South Region Circuit Race Champion. In the Velodrome she came 4th in the British Cycling National Junior/under 16 Paracycling challenge and 1st in the Newport International Paracycling Cup. During the Newport Cup she broke the Womens C4 Paracycling Flying 200m World Record as well as breaking 5 British Cycling National Records. Following which she was selected for British Cycling Paracycling Youth Talent Programme. Being awarded this grant means that she will be better equipped and more confident during the forthcoming year and planning on using the grant on some new wheels to use in her World Record attempt in Manchester later this year. Lauren’s long term aim is to represent Great Britain in the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics.
Hannah Brown - Wildwater Canoe and Sprint Canoe
Hannah is from Bradford on Avon. In her canoeing career so far Hannah has won World Cup, European and World Championship medals in Wildwater canoeing in both juniors and seniors. Over the last few years she has been transferring into the Olympic canoe discipline flatwater Sprint canoeing where she has been selected for World Cup and U23 European Championship teams. In 2013 Hannah had her most successful year within canoeing career to date; she became World Champion in Wildwater canoeing as well as being selected for her first Flat Water Sprint World Championships in K2 finishing 7th over 200m and 15th in the 500m. Hannah has now become a full-time athlete, spending around 25 hours a week training at the national performance centre at Bisham Abbey and Eton Dorney as a member of the GB sprint canoeing squad. She is currently training hard in preparation for the 2014 season, which will begin in April with the first selections that will then lead into the World cup races then the European Championships finishing with the World Championships in Moscow in August. The grant will help Hannah fulfil the commitment of training full-time by helping with the travel and accommodation costs to train with the GB coaches and squad as well as access to the facilities and support staff on a full-time basis which will have a positive impact on her training and performance not only in this season and the years building up to Rio 2016.
Lucy Butt - Orienteering
Lucy is from Salisbury and has competed in Orienteering ever since she can remember and have been on the Great Britain squad since the age of 14. In 2010, she had her debut at running for Great Britain in Spain in the European Youth Orienteering Championships, finishing 3rd in the long distance! Since then Lucy has been selected for the team every year after and ran in the Junior World Orienteering Championships (JWOC), coming 7th in the long distance in 2012. 2014 will see her again race at the JWOC in Bulgaria where she is aiming for a medal. In April she is competing in Denmark for her Norwegian Club in a relay competition and later in April will be travelling to Portugal to run for Great Britain in the European Orienteering Championships. Over the summer Lucy is aiming to be selected for the World University Orienteering Championships in Czech Republic and World Cup races in Norway. She is now on the GB Elite Development Squad which is predominantly for Seniors, even though she is still classed as a junior for one more year.
Danielle Dunn - Equestrian: Three day Eventing
Danielle is from Purton Stoke and has ridden since she could walk. Eventing is her real passion and having been through the pony and junior ranks, she was selected in both 2011 and 2013 to represent GB at the Young Rider European Championships, winning a team silver medal in 2013. 2014 will be her first senior year and will be competing at 3* level and contend the National U25 Championship at Bramham International. Her future goal is to compete at Badminton and Burghley and ultimately the Olympics. This grant will allow Danielle to receive training for a selection of world class coaches which will be of positive development on her future sporting career.
Andrew Farrow - Sailing
Andrew is from Devizes. After an injury that left him in a wheelchair seven years ago, Andrew thought his life was over. However after leaving hospital, he was invited to a local sailing club and found freedom on the water. Last year he was given a grant by the Southern Spinal Injuries Trust that enabled him to buy his own second hand boat that can be sailed by able-bodied and disabled people alike. Last year Andrew found a coach and entered a series of events, culminating in the World Championships that were held in the UK. Sitting on the start-line with some 100 other boats, finishing a credible 74th after only six months of training. Andrew is aiming of for the European Championships are in Holland in June and this grant will help to fund that competition.
Philip Marsh - Fencing
Fencing became serious for Philip when he won the World Junior Championships in 2011. He was selected for the British Olympic Ambitions programme which identified potential stars of the future. He is a member of the British Fencing Development squad. Now in full time training in France he has competed in 8 senior Internationals and 6 Junior internationals. In recent L8 competition in France beat U20 World No 1 and fencer who came 7th at London 2012. This year he will be competing in both the Junior European and World Championships.
Stephanie Millward - Swimming
Stephanie is from Corsham and is an elite paralympic swimmer who has represented Great Britain at numerous championships winning top honours. At the 2012 London Paralympics Stephanie won 4 silver medals in the S9 100m backstroke, S9 200m Individual Medley, S9 400m freestyle and the Female 4x100m Medley relay and 1 bronze medal in the Female 4x100m freestyle relay. She followed this in 2013 IPC World Championships, Canada winning an amazing 4 Gold medals S9 100m backstroke, S9 100m Freestyle, Female 4x100m Medley relay, Female 4x100m Freestyle relay and 1 silver medal in the 200m Individual Medley. Stephanie will be aiming to compete at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
Aaron Moores - Swimming
Aaron is from Trowbridge and is an elite paralympic swimmer and a member of British Swimming World Class Podium Programme. At the London 2012 Paralympics he won a silver medal in the S14 100m Backstroke. Aaron followed this in 2013 by winning a bronze medal in the S14 Backstroke at the IPC World Swimming Championships. In November 2013 Aaron set new British record holder and retained his British Number 1. In 2012 Wiltshire and Swindon Sports Awards Sports Personality of the Year – Athlete with a disability.
Elaine O’Neil - Athletics: Sprinting
Elaine is from Chippenham and competes internationally for Wales and GB. Her 2013 results include becoming the Welsh 100m and 200m National Champion, as well as the joint National 100m Record Holder (11.39 seconds) and being a member of the Welsh 4 x 100m National Relay Team representative. Elaine competed at Commonwealth Games in Delhi in 2010 reaching the 200m final. She is currently in training to compete at this year’s Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
Jack Wiskin - Athletics: Sprinting
Jack is from Warminster and was born with a genetic condition called Tuberous Sclerosis as well as having learning difficulties and a form of autism. His athletics career started when he was 13, when he was selected for the junior disability championships as a T20 runner(learning disability), where he won gold in the 100 and 200 metres as well as breaking U15 national record. At the age of 16 Jack had a large brain tumour removed which caused him to lose his sight in one eye and most of the other eye. Three months after his operation he returned to training where four months he competed at the national disability championships, winning gold in the 100 and 200 metres in the T12 category (sight impaired). Last year he broke the all time UK record for the 100 and 200 metres and he is ranked 13th in the world and 7th in Europe Recent results include: England Athletics senior disability championships in Birmingham, second based on the razor points system; Sainsbury School Games, third on the razor points system; England Athletics Championships second on the razor points system. 2014 goal is to be selected for Team GB for the European championships in Swansea, as well as the England senior disability championships in Birmingham and the combined championships in Bedford. Jack’s ultimate goal is to go to the Paralympics in Rio in 2016.
Laura Halford - Rhythmic Gymnastics
Laura is from Cricklade and has been a gymnast since the age of five and a rhythmic gymnast for at least 10 years. In the last 12 months, Laura has won medals at major events for her club and both Wales and Great Britain. In June 2013, Laura became British Individual All Round Senior Rhythmic Gymnastics Champion. She has already been selected as part of the Welsh National Squad for the 2014 Commonwealth Games, Glasgow, and is a member of the Great Britain Olympic Ambitions Programme, which focuses on those with the potential to compete in Rio in 2016.Follow @Sport4Wiltshire
Last updated: 14 March 2014